|Power Of Recall: All Talk, No Action. Maria Miller Must Be Relieved|
Do you remember when the coalition came to power they promised a "new politics" aimed at "removing the stain left by the expenses scandal".
They enshrined with in their written Coalition Agreement a commitment to introduce a new "power of recall" which would give voters the right to force a by-election if 10% of constituents signed a petition believing that their MP had been engaged in "serious wrong doing".
When it came to introducing the Right to Recall, the job was given to Nick Clegg.
Instead of his promised "biggest shake up of our democracy in 178 years" Clegg decided that the public should not be allowed to decide if an MP's apparent behaviour was worthy of recall, proposing instead to hand that decision to a parliamentary committee - in fact, the same committee that ruled last week on the Basingstoke MP Maria Miller's expenses.
As we approach the last year of the coalition government nothing has been delivered on this promise. In fact, any possibility of introducing such an act has been largely buried.
Maria Miller must be very relieved.