- "Our Fight for Democracy"
- Index of book
- Preface of "Our Fight for Democracy"
- Book - Order Form
- Introduction - The Meaning of Democracy
- Roman Britain to Magna Carta - 1215
- Parliament to the Divine Right of Kings 1216 to 1603
- Monarchy to a Republic and back 1603-1685
- Bill of Rights to the American War of Independence - 1685 to 1780
- Pitt the Younger to Catholic Emancipation - 1780 to 1830
- The Great Reform Act and its aftermath - 1830 to 1860
- The Second Reform Act to the end of the Century 1860 to 1900
- The Twentieth Century - Votes for women at last - 1900 to 1928
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Limit MP's expenditure on campaigning
In the early days of Parliament it had been common practice for Members of Parliament to be paid by their constituents. A horse was given to them plus expenses to enable them to get to parliament plus so much per day for attending. The last recorded occasion when this happened was in 1678.
MPs began to be paid in 1911. Today, over the course of a full term Parliament an MP receives over £1 million in salary and expenses. This gives the incumbent MP a huge advantage over a candidate opposing him in a General Election. Democracy is thus distorted.
There should be a rule limiting the amount MPs and candidates may spend each year on campaigning.