opinion editorial Another reasons why cost-cutting will not achieve political reform – or good governance. What happens if we follow suggestions from the 1998 Political Review Commission? An instant increase in corruption, perhaps, for one. Making democracy a part-time affair expects our elected representatives to make money from other means – increasing, not decreasing, potential conflicts of interest. Endorsed by the recent Higher Salaries Commission report in recent months, a move towards part-time democracy could lower standards rather than raise them.