Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Conservatives and the Ethics of Accountability

Conservatives today launch the Ethics and Accountability section of the ‘Fixing our Broken Politics’ chapter of the Conservative Party’s draft manifesto. The section outlines plans to clean up politics by:

· Insisting that MPs’ expenses are published online, and supporting the implementation of the independent proposals to clean up the House of Commons.

· Bringing in a power of ‘recall’ to allow electors to kick out MPs, a power that will be triggered by proven wrongdoing.

· Introducing a Parliamentary Privilege Act to make clear that the rules of parliamentary privilege cannot be abused by MPs to evade justice.

· Tightening up rules to ensure that ex-ministers are banned from lobbying government for two years after leaving office.

· Cutting the perks and bureaucracy associated with Parliament to save up to £120 million a year. We will cut the pay of Ministers by five per cent and freeze it for the rest of the Parliament, and cut the number of MPs by ten per cent.

Commenting, Conservative Party Chairman, Eric Pickles said: “Labour has devalued our political currency and left the country struggling to pay down a massive democratic deficit.

“People across the country have become increasingly disillusioned and angry with our political system, so fixing our Broken Politics is essential if we are to restore people’s faith and trust in us.

“Brown’s pathetic attempts to distract people from the real problems by flirting with electoral reform simply won’t do. We can’t go on like this. Conservatives will transform our political culture through a radical redistribution of power to strengthen the power of families and individuals to bring change to their own lives and communities.”

Of course, all of this is academic without the fulfilment of David Cameron's promise of ‘a massive, sweeping, radical redistribution of power: from the state to citizens; from the government to parliament; from Whitehall to communities. From Brussels to Britain; from judges to the people; from bureaucracy to democracy’.

Broken politics cannot by fixed with an abracadabra any more than bread can be made flesh by hocus pocus.


Anonymous Tony B said...

Clearly many of these comments are correct, but are themselves an example of the symptoms of our broken politics - I refer to the idiocy of blaming Labour for all these problems. ALL politicians are to blame.

9 February 2010 at 13:06  
Blogger English Viking said...

This is all mouth and trousers. He's not in power yet, and if he carries on like this, he might never be. Even if he makes it, how can any body trust what he says after the Lisbon fiasco?

9 February 2010 at 13:18  
Blogger John.D said...

Why doesn't he go on the Marr show and blubber? He hasn't done this yet, he isn't dithering is he?

9 February 2010 at 13:25  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Eric Pickles said: Labour has devalued our political currency and left the country struggling to pay down a massive democratic deficit.

Get it right, Eric. The Conservatives, at the instigation of the traitor Heath, gave us our democratic deficit when they took us into the Common Market, and today’s Conservatives refuse to contemplate the only solution to the democratic deficit—withdrawal from the EU.

A nice little story about Eric. When the parliamentary expenses row was at its height last year, Eric, appearing on Question Time, defended his second home allowance on the grounds that his main residence was 35 miles from Westminster. It later turned out that 35 miles was the round trip; his home is just 17½ miles from Westminster. The lying git.

9 February 2010 at 13:53  
Blogger Gnostic said...

If Cameron wants to fix our politics then perhaps he should quit unilaterally deciding what's best for us.

AGW is a dying theology!

EU - Better Off Out!


9 February 2010 at 14:31  
Blogger Sinful Soul said...

Broken politics cannot by fixed with an abracadabra any more than bread can be made flesh by hocus pocus.

How right you are your Grace,

The spirit of the political elite is corrupted by their own avarice and lust`s.
The public see this corruption and have fled their stench.

Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but he who trusts in the LORD, loving kindness shall surround him.
Psalm 32:10

9 February 2010 at 16:36  
Anonymous GTGTWG said...

Vote for LabLibCon for more of the same! Please...do Cons really think that the public believe that the state of Britain is all labour's fault? Get up on your high horse and you may be in with a chance of reaching the level that many of the public are at. I'd like to see a politician full of guts instead of PCBS!

9 February 2010 at 17:14  
Anonymous isle of man farms for sale said...

If you cut the number of Mps it means the biggest party will get even bigger majorities in % of seat terms. Which makes the system even more unfair than it is now.

9 February 2010 at 17:36  
Blogger Sinful Soul said...

Your Grace,

Please no more "cast iron" guarantees,I pray not.

Perhaps policies written on a knapkin after a long lunch!,then maybe there will be promises made,promises kept!.

9 February 2010 at 17:53  
Blogger Ingenieur said...

Unless he first gives us an in-or-out vote on the EU none of it matters a tinkers cuss.

Otherwise THEY will make our laws, and there will be nothing CMD can do about it.


9 February 2010 at 20:28  
Blogger John.D said...

RuthieGledhill RT @TWR1: After more than 4hrs listening to Dr Rowan Williams, the General Synod vote overwhelmingly in favour of assisted suicide

Dear oh dear Your Grace, these are sad times.

9 February 2010 at 21:19  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

The Conservatives’ Ethics and Accountability section of the ‘Fixing our Broken Politics’ chapter of the draft manifesto – is very good – and attractive to the voter.

And yet Mr Cameron promises redistribution of power from ‘Brussels to Britain’.

The federal constitution will not permit this. Indeed, if he becomes Prime Minister, the constitution is clear: he must represent the federal view as superior to the British view – for the federation is superior to its constituent parts.

But we, as a people, shall be free one day. And once more this country shall take its rightful seat amongst the family of free nation-states.

By the way, I’ve spoken to many working-class women and they are definitely impressed with Cameron’s commitment to the family. And yet, the poor souls do not know that he is also committed to a new ‘family’ institution in civil society that will undermine the next generation’s civil relations.

10 February 2010 at 08:40  
Anonymous graham Wood said...

"Conservatives today launch the Ethics and Accountability section of the ‘Fixing our Broken Politics"

Please please desist Cranmer.
Its the "ethics" bit which give us the stitch and we fall over laughing.
Can this man be serious? No really?

Is this the same Mr Cameron whose "ethical" principle was so soundly declared in the now notorious promise of his "cast iron" guarentee, as others have pointed out?

Is this the same Mr Cameron who then said: "The final reason we must have a vote is trust"?
Yes, its the same two tongued, hypocritical, individual. You can fool some of the people ......." Need we go on?
But no doubt about it, he's a "fixer" alright

10 February 2010 at 09:52  

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