No more weedy backbenchers

The Commons Modernisation Committee has just launched two connected inquiries, into strengthening the backbencher and better use of non-legislative time. Here is some written evidence (pdf, 80k) from one of the revolts team to the former inquiry.

Its purpose is not to offer a series of detailed proposals to ‘strengthen’ the role of the backbencher – they’ll get plenty of those – but rather to place current debates in some broad context, and (in passing) to be mildly sceptical about one or two often-cited proposals. See it as a sort of antidote against any outbreaks of excessive historical romanticism on the part of the Committee.