I think this is an absolutely crucial point. People’s anger about expenses has been so great not just because MPs were playing the system and diddling the public purse but because people don’t think MPs do anything anymore. As one Tory said to me on Friday in light of the news that Baby’s P mother could be out in three years, ‘that’s why they [the public] hate politicians’.“
“You know they've given power to the judges, on the one hand, and Europe on the other and the whole thing, frankly, is not in my control. That's what people, I think, are angry about. They want more control over their politics and their politicians."