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Let's Get Rid [May. 21st, 2009|10:33 am]
Tony Grist
The Palace of Westminster is horrible.  The rooms are badly lit and the corridors smell of cabbage. True, medieval Gothic is about letting in as much light as possible.  Victorian gothic- the style in which the Palace is built-  is about creating an atmosphere of faux-ancestral gloom.  Pugin- the man responsible for all the finicky detail- who is now- for reasons that escape me- revered as a design god-  plastered the insides  with a special wallpaper dotted with big, black portcullises- the ugliest, most oppressive thing imaginable- and it's still in place. When it rots they restore it.

But the time for patchwork repairs is past.  We demand change.  The ghormenghastliness of Westminster immures our politicians in a fantasy world, shutting them in and us out, encouraging boysiness and petty corruption. We should hand the building over to Tussauds or the London Dungeon (I recognise that demolition is not an option) and build Parliament a new house- preferably in the Midlands and preferably with glass walls- like the Welsh Assembly- so that We the People can stand outside and watch the little buggers at work.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-05-21 02:31 pm (UTC)
I agree. I suppose there must be some exceptions- MPs who are driven by an ethic of public service. Also those who- like Churchill- are wonderfully greedy for power but also happen to bring remarkable talents to the job.

I like your idea of selecting MPs by lottery. G.K. Chesterton (in The Napoleon of Notting Hill) suggested a similar method for choosing the head of state.

Of course it will never happen. The power-crazy- who are already in charge- would never allow it.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-05-21 02:41 pm (UTC)
I think MPs are pretty much at the bottom of the power chain anyway, so if you really wanted to make things fairer, you'd have to go deeper.
Tom F
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-05-21 04:37 pm (UTC)
Becoming an MP is only the first step. After that you have to go out of your way to make yourself agreeable to the higher ups.

I think it was Richard Ingrams the other day who wrote that he did know some decent and recognisably human MPs- and that their decency and humanity disqualified them from ever reaching the front bench
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2009-05-21 04:14 pm (UTC)
I would really like to be an MP, but I couldn't decide which party to join, and I couldn't be doing with the bunch of second rate reactionary fuckwits I would have to toady up to in order to get in.

Besides which, the pay...
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-05-21 04:19 pm (UTC)
How about standing as an independent? :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-05-21 04:43 pm (UTC)
Usually that would mean waving goodbye to your deposit, but next time round- with the mainstream parties in such a mess- you might stand a chance.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-05-21 04:41 pm (UTC)
All the parties adhere to the same political philosophy- pretty much.

I've usually voted Labour- increasingly out of habit- with the ocasional deviation towards the Lib Dems. Next time round I really don't know which way I'll jump.
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