Wednesday, 24 March 2010
full-time work is what we want!
there has been some talk recently about MPs working part-time, and some have said that being an MP is a full-time job and no MPs should be allowed to do anything else. I disagree. Although when I was an MP I did not do any other work, for me it was a full-time job representing a (fairly) marginal seat and playing, of course, a full part in the work of the House as a parliamentarian. I believe MPs should be able to do other work if they wish and feel they have the time, but that they should declare publicly what it is they do. It is quite easy to have an office set up so that they amount of clerical work an MP has to do is minimal. It is certainly lnot necessary to visit the constituency office every day and hold the hands of the staff there. If competent staff are appointed and appropriate systems set up it is OK for the MP to turn up on a Friday to sign his or her letters and nothing more, other than the usual constituency visits and events of course. Do readers agree?