Professional politicians a blessing or a curse?

Saturday, 06 February 2010 11:30

The MPs' expenses scandal rolls on, with three Labour MPs claiming parliamentary priviledge as a defence for their actions.

Let's look at the broader picture, something that Labour is not good at doing. In the past politicians were generally taken from the local worthies who became local councillors, county councillors and MPs as part of what they saw as civic responsibilities. MPs did not get expenses. Generally they could afford to do things without too much concern. Enter the egalitarian Labour movement and calls for equality, allowances, equality etc etc. It sounds fine to pay people who would otherwise be unable to afford to become MPs, but the result in the unholy mess that we have witnessed.

These people are career politicians. They are politicians to make a living, and a good living at that, as well as all the other perks that go with it. The all-expenses-paid foreign trips to 'see for themselves' etc etc.

We have too much political correctness, too many demands for more women MPs, people from ethnic minorities etc. What we actually want is the best person for the job, not for instance women or ethnic minories shoehorned into jobs to meet quotas in parliament. Looking at it another way, when you visit the doctor do you want to be seen by the best qualified and most able person, or do you want someone who is in the job to meet the quota for entrants to medical training?

Career politicians are not good for the country, the old way may have had its flaws, but the people that were MPs were not in it for the money. This lot are!

Same applies to the House of Lords. When they were not elected or appointed by the prime minister they could say and do what they liked without fear, now we have cronies who are there to serve the interests of the ruling party.

 

Gordon limps on - thank goodness

Thursday, 07 January 2010 12:50

It's a good thing that Gordon Brown is limping on as prime minister. The Conservatives must be delighted because the man that has come to symolise inept and incapable government is still in control.

Let's hope that we get the chance to see the back of him sooner rather than waiting until May, the sooner we have a change of government the lower the overall cost of the future is going to be.

 

Darling tries to have it all ways

Thursday, 10 December 2009 10:50

Darling has fudged the issue once again with his budget. Tough action is needed but it's clear that labour is not capable of doing what is necessary. A quick look over the water to Ireland is instructive, faced with similar problems Darling's Irish counterpart showed how it should be done.

Cuts in dole, cuts in child benefit, up to 20% off public sector pay and new terms and conditions for public sector workers that mean a totally different pension plan for new entrants.

Darling and Labour are just not capable of doing what is needed. They have put off the reckoning until after the election knowing that they are unlikely to have to sort out the mess, then they will be able to shout and moan about tory cuts. The truth is that after 12 years of labour rule the country is ruined, they have squandered taxes on their pet projects. Benefits are too generous and encourage people not to work and produce lots of children.

We need a different set of values in place, values that encourage family life and penalise single-parent families that have choosen single-parentness as a career choice. Less unemployment benefits and a massive reduction in public sector pay and employment. Combine that with a total block on any immigration and we might start to see some improvement.

   

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