Friday, 15 May 2009

The Reading Age of MPs

If an MP is unable to understand The Green Book guide to Members' allowances (66 pages) and submits incorrect expenses claims, how can they be expected to ratify the Lisbon Treaty (231 pages) or appreciate the September 2002 Dossier on Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction ? Unfortunately, this document can't be found on the No10 website (how appropriate) except as a 40 page Arabic translation.

I propose that all MPs and PPCs are required to pass a comprehension test on the Green Book as a qualification for sitting in the House of Commons.

I further propose that the current Parliamentary Fees Office staff are posted out to other jobs and replaced by disabled servicemen and women whose injuries were suffered as a result of inadequate equipment that was ignored on a bipartisan basis by the vast majority of MPs. It would be a delight to read of "Honourable Members" forced to buy at Ikea or secondhand or simply make do without.


The Remittance Man said...

Rather more importantly, shouldn't the buggers sit a comprehension test on things like Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights and so on?

Gallimaufry said...

Hi RM,
Good to see you back in the blogosphere after your audit of the other unobtanium mine.
That's a very valid point about Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights and I really ought to link to your excellent posts on constitutional reform you did last year.