What do you all think of the idea that politicians and key civil servants should be legally required to have all their assets frozen and put into trust when they enter public office? They would take home no salary but have all their expenses met, and won't be allowed to carry over any of the perks/benefits from the time in public service to their personal assets when they leave. MPs' expenses: former minister Elliot Morley pleads guilty to dishonestly claiming £32,000 - Telegraph E.g. this fellow: How do we know we can trust MPs who have cheated the country with inflated or non-existent expenses to do the honest thing if they are offered money in exchange for "other services"? We are deluded if we think the current bunch of MPs are less vulnerable to the same greed that afflicted the previous bunch. The previous mechanisms to cheat the country are just now more exposed and hazardous for career.