Yesterday I voted even though a few weeks ago I said Would never vote again, all politicians seemed to be on the make and didn't merit the 10 minutes walk to the polling station it would take to bother voting. Not to mention the ten minute walk back which is up hill. That was the first reaction not only for me but for many people when the news began to emerge about how rich some MPs were getting just by being an MP. Now I have had time to think about the problem and it would appear that not every MP did in fact have his hand in the till. David Cameron, leader of the Tory party is demanding a general election NOW which shows he hasn't sat back and spent a short while considering the situation. Several of the money grubbing dishonourable members are in his party for one thing. The other thing is he hasn't connected his brain with his mouth. He accuses the Labour Government of not putting the best interests of the country first. He says all they are concerned about is saying their jobs as MPs. But I would have hoped that someone who has risen to the dizzy heights of leader of a political party to realise that a general election now would almost certainly give him victory but would most definitely not be in the best interests of the country. A general election now, as Mr Cameron knows would be about MPs bleeding the country dry with their expense claims and not as Bill Clinton once said, “The Economy. Dummy.” At least I hope Mr Cameron knows that. If he doesn't then he is as thick as two short planks. And as he does he is just being hypocritical which is probably built in to the core of most politicians. Especially those in opposition.
What needs to happen is all expenses claimed by MPs be made public. Each MP can then explain where and why he spent the money. The local selection committee can then decide if their MP is squeaky clean, or maybe if not exactly 100% squeaky then clean enough to carry on being our representative in Westminster. Then the local paper can make the same decision and the candidates stand against the MP can decide what ammunition the expense claims give him/her to attempt to blacken the sitting MP enough to gain an advantage and a seat in Parliament. Finally we, the voters can make our decision. There is a saying in earthquake regions about waiting for the tremors to stop before rushing in on a rescue attempt.
The second thing that needs to happen before the next General Election is a committee consisting of a taxi driver, a bus driver, some one claiming job seeker’s allowance and a union shop steward should be convened to produce a new set of rules regarding exactly what MPs can claim for in the future. The taxi driver because they know everything about everything, the job seeker because he will know how hard it is to work through the reams of paper work just to get enough to live on every week, the shop steward because he is used to arguing on behalf of the workers, now he will be on the side of the tax payer. And the bus driver because I wouldn’t mind the job myself.
Once all this is done we can have a General Election. The Tories will win so have a little patience please Mr Cameron. Also in need of a little patience are those members of the Labour Party who are trying to get rid of Gordon Brown. In particular a female ex government minister for European Affairs who yesterday praised Gordon to high heaven but when she didn't get promotion stabbed poor Mr Brown in the back. I wish she was my MP, it would give me great pleasure to vote for some one else come the general election; which has to be some time in the next 12 months. Should be an exciting time between now and then. Mean while my message to any Labour MP is, get rid of Gordon now and you also get rid of a Labour government and who wants David Cameron as Prime Minister?