I have had two blisteringly good ideas recently, which in the season of giving and all that, I thought I would share. a)MPs' salaries MPs seem to think that their salaries should just go on rising, in line with other top people. I believe that an MP's salary should reflect their last pay packet before election. So if you are a plumber on 30k and you become an MP, then you get 30k. If you are a political researcher on 18k a year working in a party apparat, then you get 18k. To ensure no loss of free income, expenses would be generous actuals. In this way, no political professionals would choose professions in politics unless they were happy to earn what they would have in non-parliamentary life. b)Funding political parties It has been suggested that political parties should be fundfed by subventions from the public purse. This is completely undemocratic and enables partisans without support to continue to play silly party political games at public cost. Political parties would only be allowed to spend, by law, what they could raise. Loans would not be permitted. No public funds would be advanced to parties, which are frankly the caucus of like minded private individuals. If they can't raise enough money, then tango sierra! I humbly suggest that in this way we would stop gravy train hobos from riding the party trains (first class) into Westminster. Instead those with serious intentions to practise politics would participate. Those seeking to take a salary hike and qualify for a meaty pension would be knocked back too. There, glad that is off my chest. Incidentally, people who are involved in politics should not be allowed to consider how politics should be reformed. Committees should be formed a la jury service. That would ensure a far more practical approach. Especially if the meetings were held standing up privy council style-y and the biscuits were Nice and the tea pretty foul.