Martin Bell has launched the Independent Network, a kind of "kite mark" of approval for independent candidates which may go some small way to enhancing their presence in the political market place in order to compete with the big brands: Labour, Conservative and Liberal. More here from the BBC.
Should all the candidates pass some sort of exam before they can run to become MPs?
This would potentially undermine representative democracy in which voters are the final arbiters of "good character", but wouldn't necessarily impede Interactive Democracy as voters would have more power.
What would such an exam include?
Statistics? Logic? Parliamentary procedures? IQ?