Here’s how to make our MPs more accountable | Letters
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The Guardian keeps the readership fully informed about the (bad) behavior of some of our ministers and MPs. The time has certainly come to bring politics closer to the experience of more voters. I suggest two changes that might help.
First, rather than members being able to proudly tell us that they are accountable every five years at the ballot box, and if they were to participate in an annual independent evaluation process that would be published in a spirit of transparency?
This is a common way to monitor performance and encourage personal professional development. Among other things, any new paid position would be declared and discussed, as well as how the appraised person contributes to life in the House of Commons in terms of committee work and speeches, as well as a record of constituency activities. .
Second, in an attempt to counter some of the misleading statements made in sitting or during the Prime Minister’s Questions, there should be a quick fact-checking mechanism to try to make ministers and backbenchers more cautious in their decision-making. use of language and statistics in the House of Commons and in interviews.
Comments would be provided by the chair or in the media as soon as possible after the event, with a requirement for the responsible person to issue a correction.
Gradually, it may become possible to have more confidence in our representatives, some of whom may express an aspiration to learn more about the truth during their annual assessment.
Dr Andrew Bates
Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear
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