In essence, Goldsmith's Bill means that if you don't like your MP you can try to get rid of them. The power is in the hands of the people rather than a committee. Indeed, this is much more about voting for your MP as an individual, rather than representative of a party. But to prevent political parties simply trying to unseat an opponent, Goldsmith would put the recall threshold at 20 per cent of voters.
Of course, direct democracy – like voting for Big Brother or the X-Factor – has its attractions. However, I am not necessarily convinced it strengthens policy-making or Parliament. Just look at California, the state is in a mess thanks to political grid-lock and partisan electioneering. However, we do need to keep thinking about reviving our flagging democracy and getting people involved in politics. Maybe some form of right to recall for wrong-doing is a part of that, but not, surely, for MPs just expressing controversial or unpopular views. In reality, I don't think any MP would want disagreements to get that far – especially if there is an Arnie waiting in the wings.