Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Crazy Idea 27 - Stop MPs having more than one job!

It's going to be tough to enable full employment if our public servants keep snapping up jobs the rest of us could apply for.

According to the Mirror online on 1st December 2014, "Ex-Health Secretary Stephen Dorrell started his job with professional services giant KPMG yesterday, six months after quitting as chairman of the Commons Health Select Committee." (CI027A)

It's not yet public knowledge how much he is being paid, though as an MP his basic salary is £67,060 (from 1 April 2014). (CI027B)

Remember that minimum wage is currently £6.50. Assuming a 37.5 hour working week, we could employ five people to do the job of Stephen Dorrell as an MP and still have several thousand pounds left over to help pay their bus fare into work... (CI027C)

Should MPs have more than one job? If all else was equal I wouldn't have a problem with it, but since MPs as a minimum get paid more than five times those on minimum wage (and the top earning MPs get far more than that!); get expenses refunded that most of us have to pay out of our own salaries; are guaranteed a job for the term of parliament; and get guaranteed a healthy pension, I see no reason why an MP can justify taking time away from their constituents and parliamentary work to earn a second fortune.

And that doesn't even touch on the huge conflict of interest that occurs when an MP, a person of enormous influence over legislation and government spending, signs a contract with a private company.

38 Degrees currently have a petition out to stop the conflict of interest. (CI027D)


With 177,390 signatures at time of writing, a lot of us feel strongly that MPs should only work for us while they are being paid by us.

If you agree with this notion and/or with the crazy idea that MPs should only have one job so there are more jobs for the rest of us then why not sign the 38 Degree petition here.

Full employment is possible. There is enough money to make it happen, but if we want to fix the economy we have to change the imbalance that exists. Is it a crazy idea that MPs should only be allowed one job?


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Why should my crazy ideas have any relevance to the economy? I'm the author of The Great Scottish Land Grab, a novel that imagines a fairer future for Scotland where the poor are empowered to change their destiny. I'm director of my own limited company: Goal 31 Ltd and I've over seven years experience working for government and financial organisations. Also, just like you, I'm a taxpayer and for some crazy reason I think that entitles us to have an opinion and for that opinion to be acted on by the government.

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References:
(CI027A; Daily Mirror Online; http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-mp-reported-sleaze-watchdog-4730029)

(CI027B; Parliament; http://www.parliament.uk/about/mps-and-lords/members/pay-mps/)

(CI027C; GOV.UK; https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates)

(CI027D; 28 Degrees; https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/david-cameron-force-stephen-dorrell-mp-to-pick-a-job-now)

1 comment:

  1. After I posted I found this article in The Guardian online: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/oct/23/twenty-mps-declare-over-100000-from-second-jobs

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