We have to stop politicians marking their own homework, and bring in legal frameworks that deter bad behaviour. We need a legally binding agreement between MPs and those who elect them, to ensure that all understand what is expected. Working hours, disciplinary policy, harassment, discrimination, expenses, misconduct, conflicts of interest and outside jobs should all be covered. I believe this reform would change the culture, calibre and cost of politics overnight.
We went though all of this with John Wilkes. Any tosser who can get the votes is fine as an MP. Absent some very general rules – no bankrupts etc – we don’t have legal restrictions. Eve a criminal serving a sentence can get elected. As has been done at least once.