The corridors of Parliament are
littered with the corpses of failed marriages, with Matt Hancock and Michael
Gove the latest high profile casualties.
As one commentator said recently:-
"It is not just the obvious reasons; the long hours; the late-night votes; the drinking culture; the endless travel; the nights away from home; the birthdays, sport days and school plays missed in favour of that all-important vote.
It's also the fact that, however down to earth you may be to start, once you get inside the Palace of Westminster, MPs are treated like a demigod by a culture that operates like a gentleman's club in Mayfair. Meanwhile, at home, they're still expected to take out the bins."
Implicit in our Second Demand 'Real Local Democracy' is that our national MPs would only concentrate on the issues of national concern such as Defence, Home and Foreign Affairs and the country’s overall budget, thus restoring, for our MPs a better work/life balance.
Meanwhile local politicians, in a much-enhanced role, would take care of all local issues on a county basis with the powers to raise taxes a proportion of which would be sent up to Westminster to finance central government. This would be a complete reversal of our current system where central government largely controls local government expenditure.
For example, our National Health Service, currently the fifth largest employer in the world with 1.7 million employees would become county based and administered bringing local control and doing away with the heavy hand of central government.
So with more local issues dealt
with by local politicians our MPs, reduced to around 400, would be left to concentrate
on national issues, Another knock on effect would be that there would then be absolutely
no reason why MPs should have to work every day of the week and indeed
secondary employment would be encouraged giving our politicians far wider
experiences and relationships with the real world. Such changes might also help
reduce the tally of failed marriages.
THA's demands set out a whole new way to govern this country in which the
'People' have real power, Local Politicians become important figures making
real decisions closer to the people and National Politicians get a far more
realistic and manageable work load based on national issues.
As Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa wrote in his novel The Leopard "Everything needs to change, so everything can stay the same"