Commons set for departure of 120 MPs

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Cut all the comment s on expenses and the like: the reality is they're quitting becasue a) they've had enough and b) this is a grotty job.

If MPs had more power. If select committees had budgets to do real research. If whipping were less significaqnt then maybe this would be a job worth doing.

As it is being a backbencher is no fun at all as far as I can see. And as several have told me: I have more influence as a blogger.

Parliament needs reform, badly. But those at the to have to want it, and I don't see that happening.