“What a marvellous idea! This initiative raises the level of the debate and highlights something rotten at the centre of our democratic system. There are hundreds of constituencies across the Country where you could put up a sheep in red or blue and get it in. This is a first step towards ending that state of affairs.
“Special advisers in Westminster, straight out of University, get adopted by a Constituency Selection Committee in an area of which they know little or nothing and inherit a stonking majority; they become an MP, whipped by their Party and do as they’re told in the hope of patronage and promotion. They vote without hearing the debate…. they do what the whips tell them. One day they become a Cabinet Minister; they have done nothing with their lives other than operate in the goldfish bowl of the Westminster Beltway. Some democracy!”