Obviously easier to say than do - there is no Utopian ideal. However there are steps we can take to improve matters: 1) Reform party funding. Funding should come from the people, not wealthy individuals or corporations. There should be a cap, so that parties need to appeal to a broad populace into to obtain funds (£5,000? £10,000 per head p.a.?). An interim measure to ease a move to this might be for the state to part fund parties, in proportion to the previous election votes, over three elections, reducing by 50% then 75% each election. 2) Stop the "revolving door". In particular those who have held high office should not be able to walk into lucrative roles on leaving public office. One way in which this can be done is for them to receive generous pensions, but bar them from receiving further remuneration. They may still exercise their skills in charities or business or otherwise, but not for gain. 3) Address the lobbying and PR around government. Clearly there are free speech issues, so it is a difficult path to tread. However it is also clear that large amounts of money are able to be brought to bear and this cannot be healthy for the wider public interest. Very strict limits should be imposed. None of these are easy or lead to ideal outcomes. All would lead to new and ingenious methods of circumventing the rules. Nevertheless these would be a significant step towards a parliament that genuinely represented and served the people, as it is intended to do. As manifesto policy they would signal to the electorate that here was a party genuinely detemined to bring about a new politics and act in the public interest. As an aside, although I do not propose it here, personally I would like to go much further and require those elected to public office to give up their personal wealth, thereby demonstrating their desire to act impartially for the common good. Perhaps a step too far at this youthful stage of democratic development.