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Cameron makes a symbolic start

So the Conservative Leader David Cameron wants to cut the price that politicians charge the public for their services, which is all well and good, but the symbolism is more important than the pounds saved. It is a step in the right direction, don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t go far enough.

A couple of points, we won’t mind MPs salaries being frozen, and we won’t mind ministers having their salaries cut by 5%, neither will we disagree with the removal of the subsidies on their food and drink in Westminster, but a 10% reduction in the number of MPs is a little timid don’t you think? Perhaps we could easily and effectively go down to around 530 seats, and while we are at at why not reduce the overall size of government by keeping ministerial appointments to under 100? It would create the mindset and map out the way forward for the burgeoning quangocrats to slim down their empires too.

One thing I’m not in favour of though, is the proposal to scrap the Standards Board for England and Wales, why give councillors some extra leeway to misbehave? I guess the intention is to put the responsibility back on us, the electors, to pass judgement on recalcitrant local politicians (who thankfully won’t have to waste any more time and money in wasteful regional assemblies.)

Thank you Mr. Cameron, it’s a symbolic start, but I’d like to see the slimming campaign carry on for at least the full first term of your government.

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Written by curly

September 8, 2009 at 5:04 pm

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  1. If anything, the SBE should be strengthened, and their oversight extended to Westminster to call the ‘honourable’ MPs and peers in the house to genuine account.


    September 8, 2009 at 5:41 pm

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