I remember a few years ago being very unhappy with an aspect of Conservative health policy. It was when Liam Fox was on his mission to "take the politics out of the NHS" and have it run by a non political board. I was unhappy because if the NHS was spending £100 billion I reckoned it ought to have democratic accountability. I still do.
I feel the same way about the Prime Minister's proposal that the responsibility for the way Parliament is operated and conducted should be contracted out to an outside body. What on earth does this say about Parliament? If it cannot manage its own affairs, how can it be trusted to legislate over everyone else?
Yes, I know everyone is anti politician at the moment, and that will last for some time to come. But isn't now the time when politicians should rise to the occasion and prove that they can do the right thing - and do it all by themselves without derogating responsibility to yet another unelected and unaccountable quango? Surely they should be saying: 'Yes we can', not 'No we can't'.
Dan Hannan has been having similar thoughts.