Are politicians holidays too long?
Guido definitely thinks so; however, allowing for the normal ‘Guido being Guido’ ie, a tad sensationalist and Sun-like most people would think he would have a point. However, there is the counter veiling point that especially for MP’s with families this length of holiday is approaching essential and then of course there is constituency work.
Sadly, Guido does come from the culture that doesn’t recognise MP’s as being anything approaching human beings at all. Hence his comments here; which border on the nonsensical when he suggests that the country will grind to a halt if MP’s are not at their desks. Political junkies will also rue the length of the break which does seem slightly indecent.
Nick Clegg did not so long ago propose seriously ‘barring the gates’ which would be acceptable because it was for a specific reason and not a result of some popularist tub-thumping. Like everything though the problem is that MP’s determine their own holiday essentially and that is the freedom most people do not have in their jobs and what people so bitterly resent.
I do however, think that MP’sdeserve holiday and private time just like the rest of us; so what I would actually propose is a standard of four weeks with the rest of time pre-conference earmarked for compulsory constituency time which is kind-of-a-holiday because they would no longer have to travel. Surely, not even Guido could object to that….