Wishful Day Dreaming.
Daniel Hannan MEP got me thinking today with this post. I think it would be a good idea to have Parliament only work a 2 day week.
- Limit the amount of new regulations and laws passable in the time available.
- Give all MPs time to spend in their constituencies, including ministers (who never seem to have time to do so at present) to see, and get opinions from, their constituents. One day a week in the constituency should be compulsory for all.
- Give MPs the time they need to see the stupidity and unpopularity of some of the bills that currently get passed. This would also have the effect of giving them time to think about how much actually is wrong and to get it right first time for a change.
- Allow Ministers, and those with the more senior posts, the time to actually get things done without relying to the same degree on their permanent (Civil service) staff.
- Backbenchers could be assigned to (or selected by) a Minister to receive lobbyists on their behalf, which again would improve the Minister’s work-rate, and add an extra level of filtration to the nonsense lobbying.
Ah well – it was a nice pipe-dream while it lasted. Seriously though, some means of reducing the hyperactivity of both the European, and British Parliaments needs to be found.