I read this a little while ago…
David Cameron has unveiled plans to ensure that any petition of 100,000 people would be eligible for debate in Parliament. Any petition with 1 million signatures would result in a bill being tabled in Parliament.
Those more sensible amongst us will know this won’t get off the ground. What if “bring back hanging” or “leave the EU” were put forward for referendums and attracted a million votes? Here are two particular issues our “bleeding heart” politicians wouldn’t want debated, Labour or Tory! Once “Call me Dave” thinks this one through it will bite the dust!
No! I have a better idea.
If a politician is caught with his “fingers in the till”, and by this I mean fiddling expenses, accepting deals from lobbyists, entertaining groups with public funds for private benefit – in fact the whole gamit of fiddles that politicians indulge in – and the public get together to ask for signatures to penalise that MP, the following should be the penalty.
If 100,000 signatures have been collected and presented, then that MP faces a cut in salary for as long as he remains an MP. This includes further elections he may win, and any golden handshake he receives on leaving parliament. And, in addition, any pension he may receive from the government after leaving parliament.
If 200,000 or more signatures are obtained, then he will receive a further cut of 10% cut for each 100,000 signatures, of all the items listed above.
This is not unreasonable as any politician knows that if he remains honest it would not apply to him. However the real villains will not be able to help themselves and would get weeded out of parliament. And it would make the more dishonest amongst would be parliamentarians think twice before standing for any constituency. Imagine how much the country would be saving with the expense scandals!
Bear in mind that here, the thieves will be punished and the victims will save their tax payers hard earned money.