Friday, 3 April 2009

You're OUR representatives, why not let US decide, Dave?

Cameron told his R5 audience that he favours a substantial increase in MPs' pay in return for them losing their controversial allowances. But Dave is hardly an uninterested party, is he?

The Wisdom of Crowds allows for far better decision making on this issue. If all the guesses at the weight of a pig are averaged, the result will be closer to the actual weight than individual guesses.

So open the issue up to the entire nation; let every voter pick a figure for a new MPs' basic salary after the abolition of all the 'allowances' including second homes, communications and the rest. Then average them. The result will be absolutely right.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

In my civics lessons we were always told that MP's were delegates, not representatives, and were expected to exercise their discretion, not blindly follow the whims of their electors.

Of course, that was back in the 1960's when almost all MP's were honourable men who knew how to behave, and those who did not would resign when unmasked - see under Profumo, J.

Stu said...

You're forgetting the self-selecting nature of the likely respondents, and the emotional reaction that the subject brings up.

Politicians are among the most hated groups of people in the country. When guessing the weight of a pig, nobody hates the pig. Nobody is going to write down a guess of 1oz, just to spite the pig. On the other hand, lots of people would give politicians a salary of £1 out of spite, malice or envy, which would screw up the average.