As I've written before, proposals to raise MPs' pay shouldn't be dismissed out of hand. But it's dispiriting that these latest plans are all about saving Brown's hide, and have come about without consulting voters. It's also indicative of the position our PM finds himself in. Everything is a potential lose-lose situation, as he's stuck between the public on one side and his dissatisfied colleagues on the other. In the meantime, there's very little chance that our broken politics will get fixed for good.