I see the Welfare Reform Bill (a very good article about its implications can be read HERE) has limped through parliament even though the Lords rejected it by the using of an ancient rarely used law – who’d have thought those born into privilege and without real-world experience would have more compassion than the so called ‘commoners’ in the House of Commons? But then a lot of MP’s don’t have real-world experience either and have no idea what it’s like to suffer and having to manage on benefits or minimum wage as they went straight from University into politics, where they nurtured contacts and made their way up the greasy pole as career politicians toeing the party line until nring picked for nice safe seats at an election, rather than doing what is right.
In my opinion MP’s and prospective MP’s should meet certain requirements before being allowed to stand for parliament.
- Should have lived in the constituency they want to represent since at least before the prior election and been eligible to vote in that constituency.
- Had some sort of experience for X amount of years outside the political bubble be that working or unemployed.
- Be barred from working as consultants etc while serving as an MP and not allowed to accept offers of employment after leaving Parliament from companies they had dealings with while in Parliament so there’s no conflicts of interest.
These three things should hopefully ensure we get candidates who want to do the job for the right reason rather than feather their own nests and do favours for their mates, and especially stop failed candidates getting given another chance in a safe seat just cause their party want them.
Personally I’d love to have the opportunity to stand as an MP and represent the constituency I’ve lived in all my life and try and look out for the best interests of the people that live here and speak up for the less well-off and vulnerable in society, but I fear that’ll never happen as I don’t have a background in politics, don’t have the finances or financial backing needed nor the contacts required, plus in some things I’d find it hard to follow the party line if I disagreed with it or it went against the best interests of my constituents as I think an MP should represent his constituents first and foremost and on major issues vote the way they want not the way the party or even the MP’s own feelings want as they’re paid as the peoples representative to work for their benefit not their own.