Sunday, May 10, 2009

MP Not Bent.

My MP, Phillip Hollobone, claims the lowest expenses of any of them, so I'm feeling left out of the "my MP is a crook" club. The interesting thing is that according to "They Work For You" his record is well above average for an MP, by the numbers at least:

Numerology

Please note that numbers do not measure quality. Also, representatives may do other things not currently covered by this site. (More about this)

  • Has spoken in 132 debates in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
  • Has received answers to 114 written questions in the last year — above average amongst MPs.
  • Is a member of 1 select committee (0 as chair).
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a very high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2007, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 83% of votes in parliament with this affiliation — well above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 11 comments on this MP's speeches — above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 18–19 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 131 people are tracking whenever this MP speaks — email me whenever Philip Hollobone speaks.
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 214 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)
His performance appears to outstrip that of MPs with far more extravagent claims, such as Phil Hope who represents the neighbouring constituency.

This suggest to me that vast armies of staff are unnecessary for MPs to do their jobs well.

Update: Captain FF is compiling a list of MPs whose snouts aren't in the trough. It's dismayingly small at present.

2 comments:

captainff said...

I'm compiling a list of all of those MPs who are not tarnished by the expenses row. It seemed to me like being less work than listing those who are. wh00ps pointed out this post so I've added Philip Hollobone on your recommendation. If I've omitted anyone that you feel should be added .. .. ..

Ross said...

I can't think of many others, but I'll add a link to your list at the bottom of the post.