One of the issues I was keen to pursue with him was the connection between the underlying philosophy and the actual proposals. The aim of the changes is essentially to restore faith in politics, but I wasn’t clear as to how the Government’s measures would achieve this. When I asked him about the evidence base for the proposals, he conceded it was a matter of judgment on the part of ministers. When I pursued the issue of fixed term parliaments, moving from principle to the actual length of the term, he said five years was justifiable for the purpose of good governance. I did suggest, though, that if the purpose was to restore faith in politics, it may have been appropriate to ask the people what they thought.
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