In case you missed it, David Howarth MP gave a speech last week, as part of the Hansard Society’s Parliamentary Reform Lecture Series.
The speech includes a discussion of the various systems that need reform: the government, the judiciary, political parties and the media.
David Howarth also covers Lords reform, electoral reform and the loss of trust in our political institutions. He emphasises the need to restore power to local government. He cautions that the General Election will not be enough to end this crisis, which has partly been brought about by MPs’ misuse of expenses.
He ends by saying:
These reforms would not in themselves transform public trust in the political system. Perhaps there is nothing that can be done fully to reverse the corrosive effects of the political and media culture that British society has developed.
But we can pull back from the brink of a full-scale crisis of legitimacy if we at least commit ourselves to elect a politically representative parliament that controls its own agenda and has some say in how the country is governed. That doesn’t seem too much to ask.
You can listen to the speech, and read a transcript over at the Hansard Society website.