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Procrastination in British Politics – and in You?

Posted
July 11, 2013,
by
Claire Montanaro
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The problem with having an old democratic system is that traditional practices of the past have carried on into the present through laziness, carelessness, nostalgia or the desire not to address directly what was known to be necessary ethically but which might be unpopular electorally. What was hidden or ignored is becoming highlighted now, which is as it should be in this age of transparency and truth. Political patronage for favour has been part of politics for many centuries or longer, but it does not make it right, and it is extraordinary that it is endemic still in all the main British political parties: wealthy donors give millions to the Conservative and Liberal funds and MPs of all parties still can be tempted to use their position to better a corporate paymaster; the Labour party, meanwhile, has been exposed this week as controlled by Union power and money to a degree that is shocking to those people who believe in the general fairness of our political system. Today, we are likely to hear proposals to modernise and re-balance the way MPs are rewarded, reducing their disproportionately generous pension and expenses system and increasing salaries in order to bring their pay and benefits into line with modern British society. To me, it seems sensible and long overdue but already political leaders are rejecting the ideas before they have been published by IPSA, for fear of upsetting voters. IPSA was established to be an independent arbiter of such matters after the abuse of expenses scandal, but it looks as if the independent advice has to be pleasing to be acceptable, and if it does not suit, a way will be found for it to be rejected or postponed. Political procrastination over generations has led to the present situation and if the different nettles  - pay, expenses, political donations, union power, MP selection and MPs’ outside interests -are not grasped soon there will be further scandal at Westminster, demeaning still further the reputation of Parliament and indeed the country. It applies to you and me also: sometimes action needs to be taken which we may fear or dislike, but the more we ignore or avoid the cause the more likely it is that it will rebound to hurt us. As our politicians pontificate in self-justification, before we judge them, let us remember the adage about people in glass houses…… [byline]]]>

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3 comments on “Procrastination in British Politics – and in You?”

  1. G'day, Claire!
    I take it you recall the Beeb's old TV series *Yes, Prime Minister* (YPM)? Even with Welsh and Scottish devolution, it's still archetypal about how HM Government works.
    For me, YPM remains excellent advice on how to turn screws on problem children (i.e., passive aggressive grad school instructors).

    1. Thank you, William You may enjoy "the Thick of It" also - same idea as YPM but very current!

      1. Thanks, Claire! It should be interesting to see just how archetypal this series is. Labour were in office when the first episodes were made. 🙂

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