Politicians find themselves enveloped in public disapproval. One new MP told a colleague that the hardest part of the job was coping with the disdain of the public. A cabinet minister had remarked: "Out there, they think we are self-serving shits." Why is this? And is it an unavoidable consequence of our system of parliamentary democracy?
No, dear - not of Parliamentary democracy, but of the party system. So long as the central Statists in party HQ select candidates to be blown-in, infiltrated, parachuted, imposed and thrust on our constituencies, so long will we be limited to dags and apparatchiks, obedient lobby fodder with just sufficient charisma and intelligence to garner votes locally, but without any dangerous independence of thought or action. Those morons who speak of politics as a 'career', who are convinced that a background as a student union organiser and an MP's researcher, with a 2:1 in PPE, is the perfect background for a Parliamentarian, are largely responsible for the dreck and dross infesting the Commons chamber.
Only one thing will improve the quality of our MPs; the destruction of the power of the three big parties.