Monday, November 28, 2011

Andrew Coyne speaks truth to parliament

He's pretty sure giving prizes to good parliamentarians isn't going to fix parliament
Certainly MPs themselves seem disinclined to complain, publicly at least. Ask how they enjoy being a member of Parliament and they will burble on about the work they do in their constituencies, forwarding letters to the Immigration Department and the like. Everything but actually sitting in Parliament.
And so we get the kind of people in politics who are willing to accept a job with no meaningful responsibilities.
Over the years, I’ve proposed any number of reforms [...]. But all of these depend on someone in Parliament being willing to buck the status quo. But who among its present inmates is disposed to do that? Not the leaders, obviously. And not their obedient followers. 
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