We have to prevent politicians from marking their duties and introducing legal frameworks that discourage misconduct. We need a legally binding agreement between parliamentarians and those who elect them, to make everyone understand what is expected. Working hours, disciplinary policy, harassment, discrimination, expenses, misconduct, conflicts of interest and outside jobs should all be covered. I believe this reform would change the culture, caliber and cost of politics overnight.
We did all of this with John Wilkes. Any player who can get the votes is fine as a deputy. In the absence of some very general rules – no bankruptcy etc – we have no legal restrictions. Eve a criminal serving a sentence can be elected. As has been done at least once.