Editorial: Sad reality (Politics)

POSTED: 03/9/15 7:04 PM

The electoral system is what it is. Hardly any candidate wins enough votes for a seat, so most MPs get their job on the strength of their party list.

Should they, as political scientist Julio Romney suggests, be placed under some sort of higher supervision with a ban on declaring themselves independent?

We understand the desire for stability in government, but we also think that this proposal will not solve the problem.

MPs could simply stay in their seat – with their faction – and declare that they no longer support the government. Or they could say nothing and vote consistently with the opposition.

The sad reality is that nobody is going to give up a cozy and overpaid job as MP over a conflict with their party.

Principles are nice but so far, some politicians find their paycheck and their fringe benefits even nicer.

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