Apparently the Conservatives are considering proposals to stop children of MPs from being paid public funds to work for them, but this really misses the point. The issue shouldn't be about who MPs choose to do their legwork (or not do the work as in this case...) but about whether the employment of staff with public funds is transparent and legal. If Derek Conway had been forced to declare how much he paid his family staff members and who they were, it wouldn't have taken a Sunday newspaper to dish the dirt - the fact would already have been in the public domain.
It would be more in the public interest if the salaries of staff working for MPs and peers were annually listed in bands of pay and that all familial relations were declared too. When the list of special advisers is declared their pay is divided into bands so that the ballpark figure is known, but not the exact total. This seems like a sensible way forward. Why penalise sons and daughters who could make perfectly competent researchers or caseworkers because of one dodgy MP who tried to bend the rules under the convenient cloak of 'honourability'? It's time that we got rid of this antiquated way of thinking about MPs, and forced them to instead to be open about who they employ and how much of our money is going into MPs' staff costs. Typical of the Tories to arrive at the wrong answer when faced with sleaze allegations.