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  1. Steady on, Hector old chap. This is far too much like obvious common sense. If these Brexiteers aren’t even talking to the Brexit party then they have lost it entirely.

  2. This is another problem of allowing young people to consider politics as a career – once on the gravy train their own personal financial situation becomes more important than the needs of the nation.

    Just another reason to implement my idea that no-one under the age of 50 be allowed to stand for Parliament. By then most will have got some assets behind them, families will have flown the nest, so the need to keep a certain income level will be reduced, not entirely of course, but far less than for a 30 or 40 something MP with a mortgage, and family to keep in the manner they’ve become accustomed to.

    • As I’m sure you know, MPs can’t resign; they take on the stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds or some similar position, which forces them out of office because the law is that an MP can’t hold “an office of profit under the Crown”.

      There’s good reason for that: the people who decide what taxes we pay – which is, of course, the first and most important job of Parliament – shouldn’t derive direct benefit from them. It would be a conflict of interest. Yet they’ve turned being an MP into an office of profit under the Crown. They get around the law by claiming that technically it isn’t, but the principle has clearly been violated.

      And the result is precisely what the framers of that law predicted, and you laid out: MPs’ financial situation becomes more important to them than the good of the nation.

      I wrote in a comment somewhere else a few months ago that we’ve become used to “corruption” equating to “bribery”, as if they were synonyms. But corruption is corruption, regardless of its cause. Our Parliament has been corrupted by sloppy thinking, failure to understand its principles, career politics, and not least subservience to the European Commission. Reform – real reform, not more corruption in disguise, like the House of Imitation Lord-effect Persons – is long overdue.

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