Newly elected MPs should be put on an induction course to learn “the seven commandments” of standards in public life, a powerful parliamentary committee has said.The thing is, these standards should be the norm for pretty much anyone in public life, indeed most are the norm for the vast majority of ordinary people in the UK. It's not like we should have to teach honesty or integrity to anyone, yet headlines over the years have demonstrated that somehow or other Parliamentary life seems to appeal greatly to a bunch of rogues and chancers. Yet I have the feeling that such lessons if they were introduced would do no good at all, the damage having been done before the candidates get there. A further problem is of course the Party system which tries its damnedest to protect its own and will close ranks to try and weather out any storm. Even then if they have to take action the perpetrator is often enough welcomed back after a year or so to the ranks and position they lost.
Before entering the House of Commons, MPs should be taught about the need to be honest and have integrity when serving the public, the Committee on Standards in Public Life has said in a report.
The committee’s intervention comes in the wake of a series of scandals involving MPs’ expenses and conduct.
Maria Miller, the former Culture Secretary, resigned earlier this year following a series of allegations about her use of the Commons expenses system.
And in June, Mike Hancock, who had the Liberal Democrat whip suspended in January over the sexual misconduct claims, made a public apology for an "inappropriate and unprofessional" relationship with a vulnerable female constituent.
The very fact that the committee has announced that new MP's need lessons in these things tells us pretty much all we need to know about the quality of some of those applying and the system in place to select them.
God! No wonder some days I think we should just hang them all!