Man, I love select committees. They make me horny. I loves them.
I'd agree with John Major (don't see that very often) that Select Committees should have a FAR greater role in scrutinising government.
"if there are to be fewer jobs as ministers and their bag-carriers, MPs need some alternative career ladder to climb. So he suggests extra salaries for chairs and vice-chairs of select committees - even paying the most senior select committee chair, the chair of the Public Accounts Committee, the same salary as a cabinet minister.
In return, they would take a bigger role in scrutinising bills, before they're formally put to Parliament. And to make sure there's plenty to scrutinise, he thinks governments should switch from publishing a year's legislative programme, in the annual Queen's Speech, to publishing a four or five-year programme, when they take office.
It might not defuse real political controversy but it could smooth out bad drafting and forestall unexpected consequences to new laws. "
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, greater roles for select committees, ghhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaa.
They're a much better way of making policy than the opposition party calling the government useless twats, which is what oppositions do most of the time.