From my article in The Sunday Times today:

“But there’s more to a collapsed house than criminal responsibility. There is political responsibility and the need to learn from mistakes and change rules to make things better next time. That’s what having checks and balances in a democracy is all about.

“If we had a half-way useful parliament, the prime minister would not be able to imperiously dismiss questions on what experts told him needs to be done to avoid yet another murder by excavator. Because the experts would have been on TV answering questions from a parliamentary committee.”

Read the full article here.