Parliament, not Britain, is broken

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PETROL prices are now reaching an all time high with the VAT increase and the burden of fuel duties to be added.

It is reported that a tank of petrol will soon be £70, and in response the government treasury spokesman said: “In order to address the country’s record budget deficit, it is necessary to implement the fuel duty increases already set and legislated for. Tough decisions are unavoidable and the government has been clear that the burden of deficit reduction will have to be shared.”

How is raising the cost for people who live in rural areas with poor transport links due to the failings of successive governments to invest in public transport sharing the burden of reduction?

The prime minister is on record as saying there should be mechanism that allows the price of fuel to be managed in order to give a fairer price.

Politicians often refer to ‘broken Britain’, well it’s not Britain that’s broken, it is Parliament, whose members often make assumptions and create bureaucracy causing Britain to stop working.

There will soon be a debate about the current electoral system and whether it should be replaced with a much more complicated and time consuming procedure.

I put it that the electoral system is not broken but the whole political system is.

It fails because many politicians are no longer people from their local communities who wish to get the best for their communities, but professionals whose career and income is dependent upon following orders and doing a good job for their leader and party.

These self-serving people have a lasting effect on the rest of us so maybe it’s time to reform the era of professional politicians.

I would suggest that people should not be allowed to stand for public office at any level until they have lived in the community they wish to serve for a minimum of five years, by which time they will have a good understanding of how to best serve the people who elect them.

The term which people can serve should also be set out, for example, two terms will allow new people with new ideas and a fresh approach.

Now I can hear the politicians saying ‘but then we will have no experienced statesmen’. But is that not what the civil service is for? Is it not meant to be the professional arm of the government?

Furthermore, politicians should feel privileged to represent their communities. They are aware of where they are required to work before they even start.

So I ask why complain about travelling to Parliament in order to do what the public expect of you.

Don’t forget, government has been clear that the burden of deficit reduction will have to be shared.

PAUL FLYYN

Blyth