Make MPs swear 'to honestly serve the common good', as part of their oath after the 2015 election.
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People talk of voter apathy but in fact many voters are frustrated & dismayed by a political elite that appears self serving or serving vested interests. Decisions are made based on ideology, vested interest and the power of the lobby rather than on the interests of the people affected.
The expenses scandal, bribes for questions, the possibility of a cover up of child abuse and other instances repeatedly bring politics into disrepute so it’s not surprising that people don’t trust politicians and don’t see the point of voting.
We need to change the whole ethos of our democracy. Politicians need to be regularly reminded that they are elected to serve the people rather than just to pursue a political career.
The MPs’ Code of Conduct lists the duties of MPs -
· To bear true allegiance to the Queen and her successors,
· To uphold the law,
· To act in the interests of the nation as a whole, especially their constituents
· To act with probity and integrity.
However, at the beginning of each new Parliament, MPs’ only formal promise is an oath of allegiance to the Queen and her heirs.
The duties in the Code of Conduct are pretty minimal. We are all meant to uphold the law, but to encapsulate the Code and to remind us all of the purpose of politics MPs should swear the oath of allegiance and ‘ to honestly serve the common good’.
Promising to ‘honestly serve the common good’ will remind both government and opposition why they are in Parliament and ‘the common good’ could become a test of policy.
At her coronation the Queen herself promised ‘Law and Justice, with mercy to be executed in all her judgements’. Our politicians need to follow her lead as well as swearing their allegiance.
Words are powerful and a public statement of commitment will help MPs and voters to recognise what politics should be about & begin to make that real.
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