Trevor Phillips, the head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said that a proposal to only allow MPs to serve for a maximum of 20 years should be considered to allow a more diverse Parliament.And us voters? Do we get a say, Sir Trev, or are you going to decide for us?
After all, if we really want ‘a more diverse Parliament’, the remedy is in our own hands.
Currently, only 15 of the 646 MPs are black or Asian, and women make up just 19 per cent of MPs.I guess we aren’t that bothered then.
So why should Sir Trev be?
Speaking at a conference on Parliamentary representation, Mr Phillips said: "The Commission starts from the position that a Parliament which reflects the make-up of the nation it represents will result in better legislation and a higher degree of public confidence in the democratic process."So much for MPs who swear represent all their constituents! In Sir Trev’s ideal world, if you are a disabled member of the public, go see the MP in the wheelchair. Got breasts? Go see the MP with the bits poking out of her blouse. Got a bit of a tan on holiday? Go see that ethnic chappie over there, he deals with your kind…
"There needs to be people inside this House... who actually know what it means to be disabled, there needs to be more people who are women, and there needs to be more people from different kinds of ethnic groups."
So, how does Sir Trev plan to bring about this ‘improvement’ to our democratic process?
The equalities watchdog called for the introduction of schemes to allow under-represented groups to receive "internships" working in MPs' offices. He also backed political parties introducing all-women shortlists when electing Parliamentary candidates.Ah, right. Take it out of the hands of voters. Nice one, Trevor…
He said: ``The reason this House took exceptional measures in relation to all-women shortlists was a very simple one.How many does it need not to look ridiculous in your eyes, then, Sir Trev? 30? 50? 200?
"It wasn't just to be nice to women, it was because a House that only has 20 women in it in the 20th century looked ridiculous."