By Paul Goodman
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The House of Commons has transformed itself over the past 25 years, with increasing speed, from a chamber of citizen legislators, who were funded by private interests, to one of professional politicians, who are financed by the taxpayer.
I believe this is a change for the worse, and the complaint that "they're all the same" - that we're governed by an identikit political class - has much to do with the decline of the Conservative Party and the rise of UKIP, not to mention the fall in voter turnout.
The quality of MPs, however, is unchanged, broadly speaking. Nicola Blackwood, Zac Goldsmith, Andrea Leadsom, Charlotte Leslie, Jesse Norman, Rory Stewart...like them or loathe them, the backbenches contain as much talent as ever.