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    MP returns to job he is paid to do

    by Rumbold
    4th September, 2010 at 1:46 pm    

    An MP today announced that he was going to do the job he is paid by taxpayers to do. The MP, who represents a constituency, announced that, after only making one brief appearance in the Commons in the last few months, he was planning to return there to vote (though that may have been because the whips were putting pressure on MPs).

    Sarcasm aside, former ministers who carry on enjoying the benefits of being an MP without bothering to undertake their most important responsibility (holding the executive to account) should come in for a lot more criticism, whatever party they are from. In many ways, this is no different from claiming phantom/excessive expenses, since they are not doing the job they are supposed to do. Voting in the Commons isn’t the only thing that matters, but there should be plenty of Commons intervention nonetheless. And if ministers want a break after a long and tiring ministerial career, that is fine, since all they need to do is resign.

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    1. Rowan Davies — on 4th September, 2010 at 1:57 pm  

      Brown has a brilliant record on international development issues, and the new posts he’s taking up look interesting and worthwhile… but surely it’s a huge piss-take for him to undertake them while continuing to be an MP? How on earth is he going to do both things properly? Surely he should just bow out of Westminster now - the results of a by-election in his constituency would be a good-news story for Labour, presumably.

    2. earwicga — on 4th September, 2010 at 1:59 pm  

      On that basis Rowan, an awful lot of MPs would have to resign.

    3. Braveheart — on 4th September, 2010 at 2:21 pm  


      Most of them Tory and PR consultants and like drones…

      Brown had worked hard for the country for 13 years and was entitled to a break.

      He took a mauling over a long two-year period whilst steering the country through an unprecedented crisis.

      He was entitled to a break, and only the low-lifes at the Daily Wail could think otherwise.

    4. Phil Hunt — on 4th September, 2010 at 5:01 pm  

      @2: On that basis Rowan, an awful lot of MPs would have to resign.

      Then maybe they should? Or have recall elections so if constituents think their MP isn’t doing a good job, they can sack him.

    5. Rumbold — on 4th September, 2010 at 5:32 pm  


      He is not entitled to a break (other than his allocated holiday) at our expense. He can resign if he wants to, otherwise he should do his job.

    6. Page With A View — on 4th September, 2010 at 5:54 pm  

      Entitled to a break? He’s an MP - they get more breaks than a Kit Kat already! If he wanted holidays during term time then he should have resigned.

      Worked hard for 13 years? Oh bless - try telling that to a minimum wage labourer.

      Though I do agree that ALL MPs should not have any paid second jobs/consultancies - we pay them well enough for a full time job working for their constituents, not to line their pockets and introduce a potential conflict of interest.

    7. Rowan Davies — on 4th September, 2010 at 9:40 pm  

      @earwicga - you’re right, of course, that this applies to lots of MPs. But I’m with PageWithAView - I think second jobs/consultancies/board memberships are fundamentally incompatible with being an MP. Not least because being an MP - if you do it properly - is an extremely demanding job. If Gordon Brown doesn’t fancy contributing to debates/scrutinising legislation/serving on committees/attending to constituency casework (and I don’t see how he can do these things while undertaking arduous work for three other organisations, as per yesterday’s reports) then he should let someone else do it.

    8. Don — on 4th September, 2010 at 10:42 pm  

      Agree #5,#6,

      Seldom get three in a row.

    9. Andrew - yournetbiz — on 5th September, 2010 at 8:36 am  

      the saying jobs for the boys spring to my mind.

      Once your in the inner circle your set for life

    10. Matthew — on 5th September, 2010 at 8:39 pm  

      Surely this is up to the voters? I meant it’s not many jobs where performance appraisal is so widely requested and important. Obviously we will need to wait until 2015, but it can’t have been that strange a scenario for Brown’s electorate to have foreseen.

    11. MaidMarian — on 6th September, 2010 at 9:05 am  

      Grist to the mill of something I have been saying for some time. We should halve the number of MPs and double the pay of those that remain.

      At the same time we should abolish the entire expenses system. No expenses = no expenses scandals. Alongside that, and MP should have a pool of staff employed by the House of Commons to draw on. Given the increased workload this would involve, there should then be no outside work, and that includes charity work. These people are either actively devoted to their duties as an MP or they are not - in this sense, saving the planet or being a city spiv as a second job are no different.

      There should also be a three term limit for all MPs, this would allow some freedom from the whips, but at the same time would prevent free-for-alls.

      A country the size of the UK does not need 650 MPs (and 700+ Lords) to govern it.

    12. douglas clark — on 6th September, 2010 at 9:41 am  

      Maid Marian,


      I’d have thought most of us plebs would have agreed with most of what you had to say. I especially like the idea of three term limits, but I’d add to that and say I do not think seats should be inheritable either. What say you? The idea that there is a parental right to pass on a seat to either a wife or a sibling seems to me to be a way towards an oligarchy. I am not happy about that.

      If a child or a wife wishes to stand for Parliament, they should not do so in their families seat.

      Well, you know what I mean.


      You are pushing it a bit on the charity front.

      I can see a distinction, and saving the planet is a tad better than being a spiv.

      Just saying.

    13. Kismet Hardy — on 6th September, 2010 at 9:56 am  
    14. MaidMarian — on 6th September, 2010 at 10:00 am  

      douglas clark - ‘I do not think seats should be inheritable either.’

      It is a practice I personally don’t like, but it is for the voters to decide to my mind. The family connection may not be a bad thing in that it could be a sign of strong local connections.

    15. douglas clark — on 6th September, 2010 at 10:37 am  


      Well, if you don’t like it, there might be a reason for that, no?

      The ‘family connection’ seems to me to be just an excuse for ‘business as usual’. Which I’d have thought was the whole point of me agreeing with you about a three term limit?

      I should say I do not like dynastic politics. There, I’ve said it.

    16. douglas clark — on 6th September, 2010 at 10:55 am  

      It seems to me that the USA was going down a course of Bush 1 & 2 -v- Clintonista’s. Thank goodness someone else intervened.

      It is completely wrong for children to stand on the basis of their parent’s reputation. Nor wives on the death of their husbands. (The opposite would be true too, but I cannot think of an example…)

      Locally, we have several examples of it. I do not think it is a good idea….

      Politics shouldn’t be about dominion over us, and the idea that a family should have that sort of power is, quite frankly, wrong.

      Apart from that, I agreed with what you said.

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