The Westminster MP as a Salaried Employee

1. At prorogation of Parliament, any MP-aspirant must make proper representations (by law) to the local Acting Returning Officer, and pay over a deposit. If eligible, the aspirant is then a bona-fide candidate. (NB: Ex MPs canvas as ordinary citizens; criminal law applies equally to all candidates.

2. The ultimate, de facto, ‘selection panel’ for the post of MP (ignoring, for purposes of this synthesis, any pre-selection,) is comprised of registered voters. But voters do not hire-directly and, subsequently, do not control, pay, or dismissal, of the MP they have (notionally*) approved and installed with their votes. (‘Recall’ required here?)
* The vote-seeking ex MP, is a duality of self and party; a peculiar species in law?

3. No MP, once installed, appears to have any duty to serve or even acknowledge, a supportive voter, or the constituency as a whole. MP allegiance is to monarchy alone. (The oath of allegiance triggers salary payments, so they do not starve.)

4. No person or body appears to qualify, in law, as an MP’s employer. No definable employer seems to answer for any crimes committed in the name of that employer, by an ‘employee’ MP. Any party-responsibility for a party-candidate’s behaviour seems non-existent; political parties being little more than clubs.

5. It seems that an aspirant MP may break election law, employing ‘Undue Influence’ to gain votes. By the same action, the aspirant may, further, be making fraudulent application for remunerated employment (an illegal act, as an ordinary citizen) yet, once elected, be answerable to no one. It is often parroted: “They work for you.” They don’t.

The above data is not exhaustive, but serves to show the deeply improper ethos prevailing (and connived at) in the British political model, centred on Westminster.
A vague and convoluted matrix of candidate, rosette, election law, criminal law, feudalism, ‘blind eye’ and ‘grey area’ prevails. Honour and integrity languish. Democracy under the rule of law is eclipsed. The grandly titled: “Electoral Commission” does not address such matters; I have yet to find any ‘political office’ that does!

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