Someone asked me t’other day: what would be my perfect ending to the scandal about MP’s thieving from us?
And my answer is simple, but would take a while to kick in.
Step 1: A paper releases details of the freeloading being done at out expense, enlightening the public to the behaviour of those that we have chosen to represent us. Check
Step 2: The vast majority of the Commons lose their seat in the next election, as a result of local campaigns against their perceived corruption.
Step 3: We get a new lot of thieving bastards in, who say they’ll be different but none of use believe them.
Step 4: Details come out of the behaviour of the new lot.
Step 5: The vast majority of the Commons lose their seat in the next election, as a result of local and national campaigns against their perceived corruption.
Step 6: We get another lot, who say they’ll be different, and try to be. But, as is inevitable, they get corrupted by the system a little bit.
Step 7: Details come out of the behaviour of the new lot, who, while better than both previous lots, still think they can get away with some mild fucking of the electorate.
Step 8: The new lot get turfed out in the next election.
Step 9: The latest new lot arrive, and are terrified of claiming a single penny, and have to learn to live on their measly £60k.
So, a minimum of about three elections and half a decade before the dust would settle in my perfect world. But just think how much cheaper and less threatening government would be at the end of it…