Dan Hannan has an interesting piece over on his Telegraph blog noting that Gordon Brown's solution for an independent regulator of MPs expenses is essentially palming the issue off to yaQ (Yet Another Quango) and will actually make matter worse.
I must admit, when I listened to Brown banging on about the wonders of an independent regulator, I did find myself thinking "who watches the watchers?". After all, we have all manner of independent regulators already which simply layer yet more political appointees in virtually non-jobs.
Crucially though, as Dan points out, the creation of an independent statutory quango will impact on Parliamentary sovereignty. Surely it would just be better for full transparency of expenses claims by MPs from the moment they are submitted, and other instruments, like recall laws, to make sure the MP is accountable to their electorate?
The solution to expenses is surely not even larger unaccountable Governmental bodies? Is it?