Fṛm Đ Obzrvr │ The Observer view on parliamentary standards

Geoffrey Cox leaves a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, London, in February 2020. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Ɖ Obzrvr vy on parḷmnṭri standdz

(Transcription of an Observer article of 14 November 2021)

Az ɖ Jefri Cox afer pruvz it’s tîm t stop ɖs necid grīd in poḷtics

Sunde, 14 Nvmbr 2021

Ɖ  2008 xpnszscandl irevcbli damijd ɖ repyteśn v Britiś parḷmnterịnz. It wz onli evr a mnoṛti v MPz hu abyzd ɖ sistm, clemñ fr duchǎzz, motclirñ n proṗtireṇveśnz. Yt ɖ reṿleśnz ɖt a sgnificnt numbr milct ɖ xpnszsistm t gt ɖ most ɖe cd wɖn ɖ letr v ɖ rūlz, n ɖt a smōl hanfl brouc ɖ lw, s’mentd mni votrz’ vyz ɖt most MPz r prîmṛli motvetd bî slf-inṭrest.

Ɖt scandl śd hv bn a rīsetmomnt, rmîndñ MPz ɖt ɖ priṿlij v ɖer ofis rqîrz ɖm t uphold ɖ hîist standdz v integṛti n t mnten ɖ spirit, nt jst ɖ letr, v ɖ rūlz. Bt ẃl ɖr wr mni loñ-oṿdy impruvmnts md t ɖ rūlz arnd xpnsz, includñ ɖ crieśn v ɖ Indipndnt Parḷmntri Standdz Oʈoṛti n gretr levlz v trnspaṛnsi, ɖ reṿleśnz abt ɖ numbr v MPz hu r fnanṣ́li beṇfitñ az a rzult v ɖer ofis ʈru qsćṇbl arenjmnts śo ɖt mni dd nt lrn ɖ lésn v ɖ xpnszscandl.

Own Paṭsn’z igrījs brecñ v ɖ rūlz on lobiyñ – n Boris Jonsn’z boćt atmt t hlp him ived acǎntbiḷti – hz pevd ɖ we fr rnyd scrūṭni intu ẃt sm MPz stl rgard az l’jitiṃt wez t top p ɖer saḷriz. Ɖ formr atrni jenṛl Sr Jefri Cox hz md at līst £6m in adiśnl incm, includñ ʈru pracṭsñ az a loyr, sins 2005 n ɖs z olmst srtnli an unḍesṭmeśn. Sm v ɖt incm hz bn d’rîvd bî reprizntñ ɖ premịr v ɖ Britiś Vrjin Îḷndz in a Britiś guvnmnt invstgeśn intu c’rupśn in ɖ oṿsìz teritri; in a vidio, h apirz t hv dn sm v ɖs wrc fṛm ɖ parḷmntri istet, ẃć wd b agnst ɖ rūlz, bt ẃć h dnîz. H spent cnsidṛbl amǎnts v tîm awe fṛm parḷmnt, in ɖ Caṛbiyn, ẃl it wz sitñ, in ordr t d ɖs wrc jrñ ɖ pandemic n md ys v pandemic-rletd proxi-votñ rūlz t repriznt hiz cnstitẏnts ẃl absnt. Cox hz olso bn rentñ ǎt ɖ Lundn hom h bòt wɖ taxpeyr asistns, instd ćarjñ taxpeyrz mor ɖn £22,000 a yir fr ɖ rent on anɖr flat. Ɖs z an arenjmnt ɖt rmenz wɖn ɖ rūlz, ẃć alǎz MPz hu olrdi ǒn Lundn proṗtiz partli fundd bî taxpeyrz undr ɖ old xpnszsistm t act az landlordz ẃl ɖe rent ǎt uɖr proṗtiz.

It z nt jst Cox. Opn Dmocṛsi hz rportd ɖt ɖ Cnsrṿtiv MP Marc̣s Fíś hz a fnanśl inṭrest in a cumṗni ɖt selz cer inśuṛns n traid t amnd lejsleśn t alǎ ɖ guvnmnt t yz fundz rezd bî ɖ hlʈ n cer levi t criet caś insntivz fr inśuṛnspṛvîdrz. Loṛns Roḅtsn, anɖr Cnsrṿtiv MP, z peid £24,000 a yir – £200 an aur – bî ɖ Betñ n Gemñ Caunsl n hz yzd parḷmntri qsćnz t worn ministrz agnst intṛdysñ strongr gamḅlñ lwz. Uɖr MPz hv tecn lūcṛtiv prîṿt sectr cnsultnsicontracts: Sajid Javid ŕnd £150,000 a yir wrcñ fr JP Morgn bfr h wz apôntd hlʈsecṛtri; Andru Mićl rnz mor ɖn £180,000 a yir fr jst ovr 30 dez’ wrc advîzñ verịs prîṿt sectr bizṇsz; Jūłn Smiʈ ŕnd £144,000 a yir wrcñ fr ʈri cumṗniz includñ a hîdṛjndistṛbyśnz cumṗni. Mni mor MPz hv ŕnd tnz v ʈǎzndz fṛm ɖer wrc ǎtsd parḷmnt.

Ɖ arğmnts fr alawñ MPz t unḍtec lūcṛtiv wrc ǎtsd parḷmnt r slf-srvñ in ɖ xtrim. W r s’pozd t b’liv ɖt unls w alǎ bac-bnć MPz t suplimnt ɖer ańl saḷri v mor ɖn £81,000 wɖ adiśnl wrc, ɖs wl compṛmîz ɖ qoḷti v ǎr ilectd ofiślz.

Ɖr z an arğmnt fr peyñ MPz mor t brñ ɖer pe intu lîn wɖ uɖr vri sīńr public sectr jobz, gvn ɖer wrcñ aurz, ɖ nećr v ɖ job n ɖer rsponsbiḷtiz. Bt f public srvis in ɖ contxt v a jenṛs rḿṇreśnpacij z nt a sfiśntli motvetñ factr fr ppl t b a MP, ɖe śd nt b in parḷmnt. W d nt hír ɖ sem arğmnts in fevr v alawñ hedtīćrz or p’līșūṗintndnts t hold secnd jobz n fr gd rīzn. Alawñ MPz t mc lūcṛtiv sumz fṛm ǎtsd wrc opnz p ɖ risc v sirịs conflicts v inṭrest ɖt impid ɖer cpaṣti t repriznt ɖer cnstitẏnts. It incuṛjz ɖm t prîoṛtîz ɖ nīdz v ɖer claynts abv ɖoz v ɖer cnstitẏnts. Ɖ îdīa ɖt sm wd nt entr parḷmnt wɖt biyñ ebl t būst ɖer rnñz ignorz ɖ fact ɖt mni r onli ebl t cmand ɖz pziśnz n ɖs levl v compnseśn bcz ɖe r MPz.

Ɖ s’lūśn z simpl: at ɖ minimm, a cap śd b intṛdyst on ǎtsd rnñz, ẃć wd alǎ MPz t unḍtec a vri liṃtd amǎnt v moḍstli peid wrc. Rūlz on lobiyñ nīd t b mor tîtli inforst n ɖ sañśnz fr brecñ ɖoz rūlz incrist t enśur MPz ŕ on ɖ sîd v cōśn in trmz v tecñ on wrc ɖt cd pǒz a conflict v inṭrest.

Bt ɖ hyj unspocn probḷm z ɖt w hv a priṃinistr hu – far fṛm setñ an xampl – z wn v ɖ wrst culprits in parḷmnt in trmz v hiz lac v integṛti n proḅti. H hz bn invstgetd bî ɖ parḷmntri standdz cmiśnr mor ɖn eni uɖr MP in ɖ last ʈri yirz; tde, w rport freś reṿleśnz abt hiz rleśnśp wɖ Jenifr Arcŭri, huz cumṗni rsivd ʈǎzndz v pǎndz v public muni ẃl h wz mẹr v Lundn. H imbodiz ɖ daṃjñ culćr v intîtlmnt ɖt nīdz t b adrest. Ẃl h me ivnć̣li pe a prsnl p’liticl cost, ɖ c’rupśn v hiz premịrśp cntinyz t damij votrz’ trust in ɖ p’liticl sistm.

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