Down With That Sorta Thing
- Dec 22, 2003
Doubt it would make a blind bit of difference. Politicians are bent because the have the opportunity to be bent, not because they're not getting paid enough. Loads of countries pay their politicians loads of money and they still have their noses in the trough.Massively increase pay for mps, ministers and the PM, ban them from having other jobs or ever having a job after being PM (but obviously a decent pension).
We need to cut out the remaining Victorian elements of our democracy like the cancer that they are.
That way there's no blurred lines and you can put the corrupt fuckers in prison forever.
And you can't realistically ban MPs from subsequent work; lots of MPs might only last one or two election cycles anyway, so it would be a massive disincentive to do the job, especially in a marginal seat. Besides, they make their post politics money from investments and all that lovely inside knowledge as much as non-exec board memberships; are you going to stop them owning shares as well?
What you really need as a really effective independent standards organisation with real power; "throw them in jail and throw away the key" power.