Congratulations to my friend Douglas Carswell for proposing the motion that Speaker Martin step down.
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Douglas has taken no pleasure in leading this necessary, but far from sufficient, step to restore authority to Parliament.
He was criticised by some for not respecting traditional convention.
Douglas though comes from a tradition, perhaps more radical than whig, that demands necessary change. It is that tradition and the demand for Direct Democracy which it inspires which will be key if my party is to make politics work again.
The radicals demanded economy and accountability, expecting the latter to drive the former. We are in the same position today.
The first step to ensuring that public services are value for money must be to ensure that those who control them are accountable to those who pay for them.
Douglas has led Parliament in making the first step in this direction but there remains a very long way to go.