Direct Democracy Comment
Conservative MP admits he didn't know what issue he was voting on
Conservative MP Mark Field admitted he hadn't heard of the new bedroom tax which will affect hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people, even though he voted in favour of it!
"Must confess that I have not heard of this new tax and it has not been raised with me by constituents (as yet)."
So-called 'representative' MP Mark Field wrote this statement in response to a Channel 4 survey - AFTER he voted on the issue of the new bedroom tax in February 2012! In any other vocation, his actions would amount to gross misconduct and would warrant disciplinary action with penalties but, Mark Field is a politician and so does not have to represent anyone other than himself.
It is no longer part of Mark's job remit to know what issues he is voting on but, don't blame Mark. Mark is just being Mark and Mark was freely-elected into Parliament by his constituents who prefer that he makes decisions on their behalf but, with direct democracy via the web and telephone, [mis]representation by Parliament is no longer required.
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