If Britain’s political establishment is looking for ways of regaining the public’s trust they should look to restore the link between good conduct and status.  Extra transparency is welcome but more important is decisive action against those who do not meet basic standards of behaviour.  The failure of ineffective ministers to resign is an obvious source of disappointment.  Today, courtesy of The Independent, we learn that Derek Conway MP has kept a £13,000pa bonus that he receives from the taxpayer "as a member of the "chairmen’s panel" appointed by the Speaker Michael Martin to oversee detailed debates on Bills."

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Friday 3pm: Sky is reporting that Mr Conway has now lost this position.