Is on display over here.
No MP should be allowed to have an outside job, an extra income, of any kind. No directorships, no consultantcies, just their Parliamentary wage and that\’s it.
So, everyone who has actually had a career outside politics is to be dissuaded from standing. Farms for example are generally organised as companies these days, so no farmer can continue to maintain a relationship with the ancestral acres and also sit in the Commons.
No one who has built a small family business can do so.
Note also that those in marginal seats cannot maintain their interests outside politics. It becomes entirely an all or nothing game: no lawyer can keep skills brushed up in the courts while they defend a 300 vote majority.
Further, you have just delivered up whatever independence an MP might have to the political party which decides whether they might continue to represent them. They can only make a living in the future by kowtowing today to the party managers.
And what is an outside income? Does writing a book count? Should that Tory MP who wrote House of Cards be thrown out for having the temerity to put pen to paper? Yes, of course Jeffrey Archer should have been but that\’s because of the words he wrote, not the action of writing.
Perhaps MPs should be denied the £150 that Question Time offers?
No extra income at all? Not even income from past savings? And how are we to distinguish from income from financial capital and accumulated human capital?
Not even, dare I say it, trade union sponsorship of MPs?
And ask yourself: do we really, really really, want MPs who have no contact with the world outside politics? Whose only experience of the systems and legislation they impose upon the rest of us is Tom Harris\’ bleatings about the fees office?
No, I think we\’ll put this down as one of those ideas that comes from the arrogance of youth, shall we? The philosopher designing a perfect world upon the blank pages of limited experience.
Now if I had my druthers I\’d be insisting that an MP prove they can in fact make a living themselves: parliamentary salaries are only paid as a percentage (up to a limit) of outside earnings….show that you can scratch £60k a year from the real economy and fair enough, we\’ll pay you that for your devotion to Parliamentary time.