Speaker says Parliament must reach out to public

I saw this article on the BBC from a few days ago and thought it was interesting that John Bercow, the Speaker of the House is urging parliament to find ways to better reach out to the public – especially after the expenses scandal.

He suggests that select committees are the best way for parliament to do that as “they instinctively look at issues which matter enormously but do not organise themselves in party political packages”.

That may be true once MPs are in Parliament, but surely we need to look at how to make the whole system one which the electorate has more faith in – and I still believe that independent candidates and ultimately MPs are the best way to do that.

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