Prominent politicians from many angles have admitted that the party whip system is responsible for the continuing corruption problem, that won’t be solved by changing prime ministers or party leaders. Many politicians have admitted this recently in light of the growing distrust in politicians due to corruption in the United Kingdom. Former Conservative MP Rory Stewart told Sky News that the party whip system makes the UK an “elected dictatorship”.
Last month former Conservative MP Will Wragg defected to the Labour party after he claimed that he was blackmailed by the party whips with the threat that his constituency would lose out on funding of a school if he did not vote in line with the party. Under the Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair his parties whips allegedly threatened then Labour MP Paul Marsden into not speaking out against the Iraq war so much so that he recorded the conversation. Former foreign secretary Jack Straw described one instance in the 1980’s when a Labour party whip allegedly twisted his testicles because he wanted to vote against party lines, the BBC reported the aggressive sexual-offending MP as ‘legendary’.
At a parliament select committee on lobbying and transparency, Ian Hislop took aim at MPs on the level of corruption in British politics. He read out examples of transparency issues to MPs investigating the matter, who were asking him questions about the subject!
It’s unlikely if left to it, that the British government and it’s sponsors will sort the problem out themselves I might suggest.
Make threats or bribery to vote punitive by jail sentences and place a donation limit to political parties. Do you agree?
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