…unless they only care about the money they can soak from the system, that is.
But if that’s the case, why be an MP? There are far easier ways to make a few quid. There is more to this, surely.
The real public anger is not only about the money paid to MPs, or its legality, but also from the feeling that MPs have given up caring, because they have become Party robots, abandoning manifesto promises as if nothing, and signing up with powerful bureaucracies, who incidentally have it as their sole objective to destroy Parliament.
They have allied with the very people intent on their own destruction, which seems none too bright.
What did they expect? A pay-off?
But having been drawn in by the squalor of financial temptation, which it now appears was a false expectation (except that strangely their house flipping is not being challenged – no doubt as that is what the Blairs were doing, and Legg will protect his lords and masters in Brussels at all costs), where is their next step going to be?
The only way back from the brink is for MPs to flex their muscle, assert their power, and show everyone that an MP is not a mere piece of bureaucratic cannon-fodder, whose loyalty is cheaply and easily bought with a mortgage subsidy.
The power that has replaced them is the EU.
The mechanism in which their power has been removed is the Lisbon Treaty.
The only way for MPs to win back respect from the public is to hold an immediate referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
The counter attack must be a cross party gathering of support to re-establish the respect of MPs.
The next step would be to move a Bill for pure Proportional Representation.
The third would be a Bill that all MP selections must be made by Open Primary.
The fourth would be to go back to immediate counting of the vote, and a proper system for postal voting, eliminating all electoral fraud.
Let’s see it.
By the way, it’s called democracy.
Once that little matter is dealt with, I don’t think anyone would give one fig what MPs get paid. (or maybe a smaller fig!)
But never mind about money for now.
Listen to how Vaclav Klaus the Czech President expressed the way to go to the European Parliament in February 2009. Follow his example, oh woeful MPs and you will find a better way.
The words which stand out in this speech which was jeered by the MEPs are,
‘without oposition, there is no freedom.’
Now give us freedom, MPs and you too will become, like Vaclav Klaus, heroes, not the villains you have become. The power you must oppose is the EU. There is your task. Go to it!
Here is an MP fighting back and winning – Douglas Carswell.
Extract from Charles Moore in The Telegraph 17th October 2009-
Mr Carswell, on the other hand, is just getting started. It was he, to much tut-tutting from his seniors, who put down the motion of no-confidence in Mr Speaker Martin this summer. He set something in train. Eventually, Mr Martin had to go.
And just in case anyone is wondering, Douglas Carswell was one of the first eurosceptic MPs to back David Cameron’s leadership bid in 2005. He met him at the Party Conference and decided to throw in his lot with him there and then, and has remained loyal to Cameron ever since.
You see, eurosceptics, there is still reason enough to have hope that we will win in the end.