On a completely different track from Gordon Brown's current red herrings of an elected House of Lords and a Alternative Vote system for the Commons, I would like to propose 2 (unoriginal) changes to the way the Commons is run which I believe would have a much more beneficial effect on any tinkering around the edges with voting systems designed to result in a permanent lib/lab coalition. 1. Term limits for MPs 2. Rolling elections at fixed intervals (rather like the US system) 1. Term limits would immediately destroy the so-called "political class" of professional politicians, sitting in the same safe seats from the age of 25 to the age of 75, since after a certain number of terms they would be out. They would then have to live in the real world and personally experience the results of their policies. This may sharpen a few minds when it comes to proposing and voting for legislation. As for how many years in Parliament the limit should be set at, I would suggest somewhere in the region of 10-15 years (2-3 full current terms). 2. Rolling elections would allow democratic change to happen rather more quickly than at present, and again would keep the government on its toes. This might hopefully stop the problem that we currently have of essentially electing a new more or less benevolent dictatorship every 4-5 years. The counterargument is that less might get done by Parliament, but is that such a bad thing? If one views a Parliament's record in how much stuff it does in how little time, then the Blair/Brown regime has been the most successful government in history... I know that these ideas are unoriginal and have already been mooted in passing in various other threads, but they seem to warrant a discussion on their own.