Politics in the UK is far from perfect... so here are 4 changes we think would make it better:
Firstly, we would make it a law to behave well in the house of Commons.
We would do this because bad behaviour in the Commons reduces productivity, if a bill needs to be passed quickly then bad behaviour will slow the process down. For example: someone in the Commons might interrupt another person, then the speaker of the commons will have to sort this out and due to this, valuable time will be lost. In addition to this, lack of productivity means that MPs will not have enough time to raise important issues, the constituents he/she is representing might not get their voices heard as a result of lack of time due someone misbehaving in the House of Commons. For example: someone could shout at another MP in the House of Commons, and then as a result other MPs will lose valuable time to raise important issues and then the constituents might not vote for that MP again due to the fact that he/she did not raise an important issue.
Secondly, MPs are meant to be role models due to the fact that they represent their constituency, they are a leader and so therefore should conduct themselves in a civilized way in the Commons, if they do not they are setting a bad example to their constituency and they might not get voted for again. For example: One MP in the commons called another MP an ignoramus, this is not acceptable, frankly, this person is not fit to be an MP, Another example is: Boris Johnson called Paula Sherriff a hysterical female in the House of Commons. Boris Johnson leads the country, he should be setting an example.
However, it is arguable that MPs should not have to have good behaviour forced on them because they should be mature enough to set a good example.
So, in conclusion we think it is necessary to enforce a law that states that MPs must behave well in the House of commons since bad behaviour in there reduces productivity, this has consequences.
We would make it a law that politicians must tell the truth and tell their constituency what they want to do since the constituents elected this person, and so therefore it is the voters right to know what their MP wants to do. Politicians must not mislead the public with half-truths and tweaked statistics. For example: if a politician wants to ban diesel cars in their constituency, the politician will have to ask the public and if they say no then the politician cannot do it. Being dishonest presents many problems: The public might react badly if they find out a decision has been made without their approval, in addition to this, if the politician is dishonest then they are risking their job and their constituency’s faith in the party that they are part of. As well as this, another reason we think it should be a criminal offence for a politician to be dishonest to the public is that politics is not some game that 1 year old babies play, politics is a serious matter, it is a real-life thing that impacts millions in multiple ways. Concluding our argument, we think that it should be a law that politicians must be honest since millions are at risk and it is the people’s right to know what the politician’s future plans are.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a MP checker, who would check that the MPs actions are in the best interest of their constituency. This is similar to a shadow minister except that MP checkers check individual MPs who are not necessarily government ministers. As well as this, MP checkers would be elected by members of the MP's constituency. We would add MP checkers because:
Firstly, the MP checker would make sure that the MP is properly supporting their constituency, this in turn means that the constituents would feel more reassured. For example: the MP might try to make library opening times shorter, the MP checker would make sure that this benefits the people, this means that the constituents know that they have someone who will look out for them. Secondly, MP checkers would make sure MPs do not tell half-truths or mislead the constituency. This means that the constituency is not subjected to biased and dishonest information which would alter the constituent’s views in favour of the MP who represents them - no one should not know the truth. Concluding our argument, we think that MP checkers or a second line of truth checking would be beneficial for constituencies across the UK.
Do you agree with our changes to UK politics? Are MP checkers a good idea? What would your three changes to UK politics be?
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