The days where something illegal or against the ministerial code being punished by sacking or resignation seem to be over. Most politicians can act with impunity because the electorate does not seem to care. In a large part, this is our fault as we have not been shouting loud enough and then voting to show our opinion. If Boris thought that public opinion was really against him for allowing his ministers or himself to break their code and/or the law then I am sure he would sack them in a heartbeat (assuming they did not have a dirty dossier on him). I think we are moving more and more to a US system where lobbying is huge and ‘character politicians‘ are popular. It would not surprise me to see a Love Island C list celebrity get elected soon.
So it's up to us then isn't it.?
It's so easy to contact your MP nowadays, maybe this is why people don't bother, they think that someone else will have done it already.
In my experience it can have an effect
Even contacting someone in the HoLs can be done over specific issues.
If everyone carries on thinking they're all untouchable, and not susceptible to outside influence, then that becomes a self fulfilling prophesy.
Of course we don't always get the response, or action we always want to see as individuals..
That wouldn't be right either, but we can have influence, either collectively through bigger organisations, or of course more minimally just as ourselves.