At the moment we have about 650 MP’s who can vote themselves money from the taxpayer. I think this is wrong. MP’s should get nothing from the taxpayer.
After all, what is the actual job of an MP. It is to scrutinise and vote on legislation. But this is not what most of them actually do. Very few MP’s actually ever spend much time carefully considering legislation, instead they merely parrot what a few of their colleagues and their parties think tanks dream up.
One thing they do is to help constituencies with problems that happen with gov’t departments but should not gov’t departments do their jobs properly in the first place?
So, as scrutinisers of legislation, they should be successful people with a track record behind them. This is because success is VERY highly correlated with intelligence and conscientiousness and it is fully appropriate that those high up in the dominance hierarchy are capable and competent.
As successful people they will already have plenty of money before getting elected and hence don’t need taxpayer support.
We can also scrap the vastly over generous pensions that MP’s get. This can be removed immediately, including to those pensions already in payment.
Some may argue that stopping MP’s leeching off the taxpayer is somewhat draconian and that ordinary people would have no incentive to stand for election. A simple solution to this is to halve the number of MP’s which makes the average size of a constituency about 120,000 voters. Then MP’s can then start a GoFundMe or Patroen account and solicit donations from their supporters amongst the public and have 120,000 potential donors.
Other ways to cut the cost would be to stop the taxpayer coughing up for MP’s staff and remove the extremely heavily subsidised restaurant and bar facilities in parliament.
The end result is a £100 million saving for the taxpayer and MP’s of a higher calibre who spend more time on their actual function instead of grubbing for votes.
Of course, prodnose lobby fodder with no actual ability would be out of luck but who cares about them. They can get a job in the same way that ordinary people do. No doubt their local McDonalds is always hiring but perhaps they think that is beneath their dignity.
What is more, all MP’s should have to pay back every penny of salary and pension they have ever leached from the hard pressed taxpayer.