MP's selected for cabinet positions should indeed have the appropriate skill set and experience for the particular post. Money makers and bankers may not necessarily be the right folk's for social policy, environmental positions, etc. but like any organisation, parliament needs it's specialists and generalists. Those selected for the various posts should have all of the appropriate skills and qualities for the jobs they have to do. One has to wonder just how many of our representatives are not the best fit for the posts they hold.This is exactly why anyone elected to Parliament should have served for at least twenty years in a money-making industry (preferably not banking) -
I would disagree with this quite strongly - I have little but am still better off than some, yet am deemed in some quarters to be middle class because I had a good education - not quite Oxbridge though.Our government needs to be made up of people who know and understand the society we live in- therefore they would surely be motivated to change things for the many that have so little. The problem is that the government (and indeed the wider parliament) is often just one upper middle class to super rich set of private school and Oxbridge alumni. Those things are mot bad in themselves, but the class it breeds to shape our society is most undesirable to those who live and have lived through greater hardship than the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Vast Oxfordshire Estate.
Nonsense again - both my children teach in the state system and it ain't easy....by the way, I'm not saying that having great institutions to aspire to, such as Oxford or Cambridge, is a bad thing. But their intake (the brightest and best are generally kids that have had their parents pay for 'specialist' private school teaching- these kids are tailored to fit the Oxbridge requirements), is made up quite substantially of the upper and upper middle classes. State schools do not charge fees (and are given pitiful sums to work with by the government), so of course, these kids (even if they are of a similar ability) stand to lose out to the private schoolers.
Basically, I think that state school attendance should be compulsory for all. I suspect there will be a 'How would you fund this?' question coming up...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-14831619The UK government is to announce it is setting up a commission to look into the so-called West Lothian question.
There has been a long-running debate about whether Scottish, and Northern Irish and Welsh, MPs should be allowed to vote on legislation that affects only England.
English MPs are not able to vote on many matters which are now devolved to other UK parliaments.