"Too many young Members are entirely predictable in what they say and how they vote. They are just as boring as the handful of insecure MPs who only ever speak about their constituencies and forget they are sent here as independent representatives to shape national policies and decisions and Britain's place in the world."
Well the younger MPs - 27 of the 2005 intake (listed opposite) - are certainly setting the pace on public trust in politicians this morning. In a letter to The Telegraph they say that consideration should be given to constituents having the power to "recall" Members of Parliament between elections:
"We would want safeguards to be put in place to ensure that this mechanism was not abused, such as requiring a high percentage of registered voters in a constituency to petition for a recall ballot, or only permitting a recall ballot when the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee has recommended it as a sanction. None the less, a mechanism of this sort used in exceptional circumstances would increase MPs' accountability, address some of the frustration felt by a disenchanted public and help restore trust in our democratic institutions."
ConservativeHome strongly supports this initiative - it was one of the recommendations we made in the fourth theme of our still unfolding Agenda 2008. We are also encouraged to learn that the letter was submitted with the full knowledge of the Tory leadership. On his blog yesterday, Guido noted that the Tories were waking up to the scale of voter discontent with the political establishment. We can only hope so. The party leadership still has a long way to go if it is to convince this site that it is genuinely anti-establishment. Admitting that he has been wrong about supporting more state funding for political parties and ending the incumbent-favouring control freakery that has characterised the reselection of MEPs would be signs that David Cameron was really serious. He shouldn't be afraid of admitting he was wrong on state funding. Voters are very supportive of politicians who hold their hands up, say sorry and adopt a position in tune with them.