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The Political Manifesto

The Political Manifesto -Times Online .

I agree with almost every word of this, which is remarkable for an editorial in a left-liberal Murdoch organ for which I have long since lost respect. There are many sensible suggestions, though having observed the knuckle-gnawing tedium of the German, Polish and Russian legislatures in action, I suspect the electorate would miss the "knockabout" aspect of the House of Commons more than the Thunderer thinks. Continental legislatures are thoroughly caucussed and the public debates are the merest of formalities. When the real debate takes place behind the scenes, that is actually more likely to promote cynicism.

It's good to see a real debate beginning though, even as the old rascals are kicked out squealing; making their guilt ever more clear by their ludicrous protestations of innocence and ridiculous demands for sympathy.