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No, I can see the argument you're making, and I can see that in certain circumstances that could produce -- I don't know how to put the correct phrase, but good quality decisions, but I think you may well achieve that objective, but you would lose another, which is that in making an important public policy decision, the politician is ultimately accountable to Parliament.

In this particular case -- I wasn't, as it happened, I hadn't reached that stage -- I could be called to Parliament to explain my behaviour. I could be called to the Prime Minister to explain my behaviour as a member of his government. And that does seem to me to represent a valuable democratic source of checks and balances in the system, which your process would lose, although I can see the advantages.

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