Friday, September 13, 2013

The idea that MPs should use public money to employ their relatives absolutely stinks

The problem with MPs employing their relatives (as highlighted on the Today programme this morning) is that the recruitment process cannot be open and transparent.

As MPs are spending public money on these employees they must not employ their relatives.

Imagine an NHS surgeon who insisted on his/her operating team being relatives.  Who insisted that they were the best people for the job for no other reason than because he/she said so.  Imagine the anaesthetist on that team justifying her employment because she lives with the surgeon and so they they can adjust to the odd hours surgeons are required to work.

You would run a mile from such a surgeon!

Imagine a teacher who insisted that classroom assistants and relief staff were all relatives.  Imagine one of those classroom assistants telling us they didn't feel they had to justify their employment because they had been employed over thirty years ago and anyway they had to work somewhere.  Imagine the teacher justifying these employment relationships because they can talk about work in the evenings and on the commute to work.

Such a teacher would rightly get a boot up his/her backside.

The idea that MPs should use public money to employ their relatives absolutely stinks.

Where are the open and transparent recruitment processes?  Where are the annual appraisals?  Where are the regular audit surveys that assure us that public money is being expended in the best possible way?

The idea that MPs should use public money to employ their relatives absolutely stinks.

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