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Given the state the country is in and the downward spiral - what experience and credentials do MPs have to do the job?

Can you remember any promises made by the MP you voted in made, was there any substance in what they said and now do or have done in the role?

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Evil Sid    227

Several years of experience at fiddling and conning the public that they are not. and as for credentials they have the same credentials i have for being proposed as the next pope. they are breathing.

Do Parliamentary candidates make promises to get elected? or do they just come out with statements of what they intend to do given a chance and providing it does not go against the grain.

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observer    588

Come on Geoff, even you should know, that the majority of politicians are there as voting fodder, in compliance with the Party whip.      :ph34r:

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That's true but how much thought do we give as voters when we elect them and yes I know that we have no choice in their selection as candidates so is it surprising that we end up with the ones that we do?

I'd suggest that the voters know little or nothing about them - so is it no wonder that many of them simply can't hack it when it comes to the crunch.

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observer    588

Folk generally vote for Parties; Parties are run by a minority, the rest just tag along for the salary.    :ph34r:

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observer    588

Well, the Labour Party is now a classic example: now run by a Marxist elite, with a majority of reluctant MPs just waiting for Comrade Corbyn to fail.  Similarly, the Tory Party soldiers on with a failed Leader, with no one willing to take the hospital pass of taking her place.  :ph34r:

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Davy51    232

All MPs really only pay lip service to the voters in order to get through a 4/5 years term in office & their policies are either ditched or watered down long before the next election is due. Unfortunately,the consequences of the Parliamentary actions that took us into Europe have been far reaching to say the least.

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observer    588

At the end of the day Dave, it's a career choice; in many cases a career far more lucrative than most aspirants would secure in real life. All that's required is an affable personality, especially an ability to get on with those further up the food chain, in other words  a "YES" person, without any personal convictions or beliefs. Which makes Jeremy an exception that proves the rule.  These political hyenas are now awaiting another G/Election, and if Jeremy doesn't pull the rabbit out of the hat, they'll move in for the kill. However, JC seems to have them outflanked, as he has Momentum, with his young Red Guard ready to eliminate any revisionism.  Until of course those young minds are changed by stark realities.    :ph34r:

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Bazj    493

There is a vast army of advisers and special assistants waiting in the wings of most parties, just waiting for the nod that will give them a shot at becoming an MP.... the closer you are to the higher echelons of the party structure, the better your chances of getting shoe-horned into a safe seat

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