There is a piece in the Guardian today by jailed former Russian oligarch and now 'Prisoner of Concience' Mikail Khodorkovsky in which he outlines his hopes that recent electoral reform in his country bought about by the public outrage over the previous election could one day herald an era with 'the brightest and the best coming forward as candidates for public office'. Blimey, says I, what a happy thought. Lord alone knows if it will ever happen in Russia, but it's certainly not happening here in the UK. So here's the question, having binned our current lot for being mired in mediocrity how would you change the system so that the brightest and the best might give even a passing thought to becoming an MP? I don't know where our national brains trust is, probably in the City somewhere, or in the Infantry, but all the really clever people seem to have given Parliament a very wide berth, leaving us with a distinctly average gene pool from which to select leaders for the big jobs in the cabinet. Halve the number of MPs and triple their wages? Bin the party whip system or have a local 'primary' system where you have a choice of candidates for your preferred party instead of the usual twat that has stitched it up with the local association? How could we attract our 'brightest and best' to work for us?