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Do we need full time politicians?

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Is the building of a political class the way forward?

Interesting debate going on at Iain Dale’s place over the decision by Paul Goodman the MP for High Wycombe to call it a day.

I actually have a slightly higher regard for those MPs who can successfully execute two roles and still retain the faith of their constituents, these roles may well be as a constituency MP and a government minister/shadow minister, or a barrister, director, trades union official, journalist, or charity organiser. I’d far rather see Members of Parliament who retain an outside interest as it gives them a vital link to the real world and real life, it increases their understanding of how the rest of us get by, no, not for me the professional politicians who have never had a real job in their lifetime. You know the sort, school, college, politics degree, researcher, think tank assistant, MPs aide or agent, shovelled into a safe seat, then a couple of years down the line they are a government Whip and well on the road to climbing the greasy pole, and most of these people haven’t got a clue anymore about ordinary folks in the street. (Whoops! Sounds like I’m describing the South Shields MP and Foreign Secretary David Miliband, I didn’t mean too, there are plenty more like him.)

I suppose that is why nearly 17000 people in Totnes have chosen a GP to be their next Conservative candidate in a British “first” (an open primary to decide a candidate), what is more Sarah Wollaston beat two council leaders to win the poll, we need more like her and more primaries too if we are to move politics forward.

I think that the Conservative Party should take the bull by the horns if it forms the next government and allow MPs with second incomes to continue as they are, there should be no shame in carrying on work outside of Parliament, so long as it is open, transparent, and declared, let the people in the constituencies decide.

Do you want a “well rounded” fully understanding MP, or an “apparatchik”?

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Written by curly

August 5, 2009 at 10:44 am

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  1. 13000 people in Norwich North were perfectly happy to vote for Tory ‘apparatchik’ Chloe Smith.

    rossinisbird

    August 5, 2009 at 9:40 pm

  2. Come off it rossinisbird. Norwich North was not about a well-rounded candidate or an apparatchik. Didn’t it have something to do with the previous member for the constituency? Most likely that is why 13000 people voted for Chloe Smith

    Trigger

    August 6, 2009 at 12:01 am

  3. So to clarify your position Trigger, people didn’t care about the fact that Smith is just another lobby fodder career politician and still voted for her.

    rossinisbird

    August 6, 2009 at 11:15 pm


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