Yesterday I posted pointing out that the solution to expenses was not yet another Quango, and today my worst fears have been confirmed when I read the breifing paper of the proposals from Downing Street. It states that,
The new body would be appointed by Parliament to work independently of Parliament.So apparently politicians cannot be trusted to self-regulate, but they can be trusted to appoint the people to regulate them? As Guido pointed out yesterday,
We have been here before, the Commissioner for Standards was a political appointment to watch over the integrity and honesty of politicians. When Elizabeth Filkin naively took her job seriously she was hounded out of office.This is not a proposal to mend a broken system, this is a a proposal to fix the system under the well spun veil of independence.