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Why parliament needs a shake-up – MoneyWeek

Thereisaharsherpointtomake。

Thisscandalhascomeaboutbecauseofmoney。

ItturnedoutthatMPsweretakingtoomuchofit。

Theymustnowgetless。

Ifweadmittheargumentforbiggersalarieswearecondoningdishonestyandbreathingnewlifeintotheprofessionalisedpoliticalclasseswhichwewanttostrangle。

CharlesMooreisthelastsurvivorofYoungEngland,saysBruceAndersoninTheIndependent,thatToryromanticmovementofthe1840swhichdrewontheidealismofLordJohnMannersandthecynicismofBenjaminDisraeli。

HedoesntrecognisethattherehasalwaysbeenapoliticalclassinEngland,whichradicalshavehabituallycondemned,beforetakingofficeandjoiningit。

ThatclasshasalwaysincludedMPswhowereawasteofpayandrations。

ButthecurrentmembershipoftheHouseofCommons,especiallyontheTorybenches,containsmanydedicatedpublicservantswhocouldearnalotmoreinotherprofessions,butwhochosepoliticsbecausetheywantedtoservetheircountry。

Donotcallfortheiroverthrow,Charles,beforeyouhaveworkedouthowtoreplacethem。

Beforeaskingforsomething,makesurethatyoureallywantit。

Thereareonlytwopointstomakeabouttheexpensesrow。

First,itwastrivial,second,itwillneverhappenagain。

Beyondthat,theelectoratenextyearwillfindtheusualsolutiontoafailedgovernment–andafterthattheremaybeacaseforre-examiningtheworkingoftheCommons。

Imsickofthissanctimoniousnonsense,saysTheGuardiansJoanSmith。

Peoplehavebeenencouragedtobelievethatwearegovernedbyauniquelycorruptpoliticalclassthatrequirescondignpunishment。

Asforthearmyofindependentsnowliningup:thespectacleofaHouseofCommonspopulatedbyTVcelebrities,obsessiveswhoblametheEUforeverything,andBNPmembers,fillsmewithhorror。

ManyofourMPsjustdontseemtogetit,saysSimonHefferinTheDailyTelegraph。

IneverthoughtIwassuitedtopolitics,butthedisgracefulbehaviourofmysittingMP,SirAlanHaselhurst,hasmademethinkagain。

Hessupposedtobeapillarofsocietybuthowdoesthatsquarewithtaking£12,000totartuphisgarden?

IfSirAlandoesntapologise,paybackthe£12,000andpromisetobehave,Ishallstandagainsthimasanindependent。

IfelectedIwouldneednosecondhomeandwouldonlyworkpart-time。

Butsomuchthebetter。

Weneedtogetawayfromfull-timeMPs,forthatisthecancerthathascausedthisuglycultureoffinancialrapacity。

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