The honesty of politicians.
Moving aside from flippancy, I have put some thought into the problems we have in the United Kingdom.
One of the major problems is that there is so much dishonesty in parliament caused by the fact that politicians nowadays are career politicians. However, two short rules could change all that overnight.
Nobody may stand for a seat in Parliament, or on a council, until they have reached and passed their thirtieth birthday.
We pay double their salaries for their first term of office and if they are re-elected, they receive no salary for their second term (unless they have reached the first rung of the ministerial ladder).Then the normal salary for the third term onwards. Government pensions would be abolished.
Apart from the problem that young MPs have had no “life or business experience” so therefore are not able to vote on sensible rules for the rest of society to follow, joining a hotbed of corruption at such a young age makes it very difficult not to join all the other noses in the trough.
Having business or other experiences mixing with the general public will enable budding politicians to know more about how the rest of us go about our daily tasks.
I am not saying this rule is perfect but it is a lot better than having a person straight from school or university bypassing the real world and becoming an MP without any of life’s experiences – other than trying out cannabis at college!
Looking at our second rule, this may seem a little drastic, but is it? The sensible man who wants to remain in parliament will spread his double salary for the first term over the two terms, so will not be out of pocket. The reckless individual will leave after his first term and, as far as I am concerned, this is no bad thing.
The other benefit would be that we might attract those commanding higher salaries in industry to take a five year sabbatical to help the country with his or her knowledge.
Those able MPs who get a foot on the ladder as a parliamentary secretary to a minister would, of course, get a salary for the second term but only the more ablest move up the ladder, especially so quickly. This would be a just reward for being able, and help attract more able people to try for parliament in the first place.
Finally, I believe MPs get very high pensions and encourages career politicians. MPs should fund their own pensions, it is not a fortune each month, and would not be noticed with their high salaries.