Forget our current MPs, we need a Wisdom Party
FRANK Leeming's proposal ("Cut number of MPs and put savings into pensions," Opinion, February 2) to reduce the number of elected MPs to 68 might work in cloud cuckoo land, or North Korea, but not here.
Yes, the costs of our current system of parliamentary representation make painful scrutiny but imagine the number of paid staff each of these 68 MPs would need to handle more constituents' correspondence?
Sadly, the Boundary Commission has run into a brick wall, called the Labour Party, on the issues of reducing the number of constituencies. So we are stuck with a "party" selection system. So, if candidates are of a compliant nature, they might be selected and join the lucky few who have jobs for life and gold-plated pensions. Much as I support rebellious non-party followers and those whom are classed as independents, sadly there exists a "closed ranks" established culture which nullifies their efforts. But what if we OAPs form our own party, with years of life's experiences, including the memory of many global conflicts, common sense and, of course, benefits to protect? There are well over 5 million of us, so vote for the Wisdom party! Note, only certain existing MPs will be allowed to stand for us provided they cut off allegiance to their current parties. Certainly none educated at Eton!