“I truly believe that Britain is not far from being a corrupt country”

The so-called Tory sleaze scandal over MPs’ second job has entered its second week, in which Boris Johnson is forced to insist that Britain is a robust democracy

This week, we are examining the controversy over outside interests of British MPs. Is it acceptable to earn hundreds of thousands of pounds a year on top of their parliamentary work? And do voters care? Chief commentator Robert Shrimsley will analyze the situation along with political correspondent Laura Hughes.

Plus, we look at the very strange case of the 92 hereditary peers of the House of Lords – the last remnants of aristocracy in our politics. How do they still exist, and will their time ever come to an end? The political editor George Parker will take us into this slightly crazy world – together with the special guest Catherine Haddon from the think tank Institute for Government.

Audio source: BBC

Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity.

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