AN AFTERTHOUGHT. Will GOO clarify that Cameron's demand that shadow mimicsters give up outside jobs by this December, in the run up to the election, is actually rather more than that. Will this "no dabblers" "give up your day jobs" rule extend for the lifetime of any government the millionaire Cameron leads?
Surely it would be rather counter-intuitive to just do it until elected? And then get back to the three jobs or whatever when they actually have some real responsibilities in office. Though that seems to be what's been announced.
Below is how the Times quoted Cameron back in June. Can anyone find a quote from Cam indicating that this enforced privation - not now to afflict the not-to-be-impoverished "demotion" sufferer Oily Alan Duncan - is anything other than about four months "off" from the day jobs - "setting out our credentials as an alternative government” (D Cameron) - in the run up to the election? Followed by back to filthy lucre business as usual?
Mr Cameron said yesterday that having a second job was not incompatible with being a good MP. “There are idle MPs with no outside interests and there are fantastic public servants that do have them,” he said.
“My Shadow Cabinet have, however, recognised that we are in a particular period at the end of a five-year Parliament, where it does become necessary to demonstrate 100 per cent focus on Parliament, politics and setting out our credentials as an alternative government so they have decided that from the end of December they won’t have any outside interests.”