Cameron talks bollocks on MPs’ expenses

Gordon Brown is not the only one talking shite about MPs’ expenses. David Cameron’s at it too:

Mr Cameron said only a general election could resolve the “paralysis” in the political system which had been sparked by the disclosures over MPs’ expenses.

That’s nonsense. MPs have been using expenses as an informal bonus to their salary for decades, during which time there have been several general elections.

A general election gives each voter a chance to choose their MP. But each vote is a very imprecisely targetted message, because you can only vote for one candidate, and you are voting for the whole package of what the candidate offers, not just a specific policy. So for example, a voter might favour the Liberal Democrats’ policies on expenses reform, the Greens on digital rights, the Tories on nuclear weapons, Labour on the 50% income tax rate, and UKIP on getting out of the EU. Thus voting at a general election is a very low-bandwidth form of communication, one that doesn’t make it easy for the voters to signal to the politicans what they want (and particularly, what they want regarding MPs’ expenses).

And after the election, a load of politicians will be elected. And they’ll have exactly the same reason to want to profit from their expense claims as the current lot, because greed is a human universal.

So a general election in itself will do nothing to resolve the expenses scandal.

All this is, or ought to be, obvious to Cameron. But he doesn’t actually care about solving the expenses issue, and he’s only calling for an election because he thinks he’ll win. Cameron shows — at least to me — no evidence that he has the sort of analytic mind that is capable of understanding this or other issues. Either he’s thick, or he thinks that waffling platitudes is the way to become prime minster (and to be fair to him, he’s probably right).

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2 Responses to Cameron talks bollocks on MPs’ expenses

  1. Cameron is horribly manipulative. Especially recently.

  2. UK Voter says:

    They say that governments lose elections, opposition parties don’t win them. I suspect, after the next election, I will truly understand the meaning. I am very disappointed that Cameron is looking to Brown to lose, rather trying to win the election on merit, substance and gravitas. His method of “winning” speaks volumes for me.

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