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Get rid of whips and just club them all to death, a bit like a seal cull.
What is the idea behind this? What would it change? Don't whips gain most of their power from their government position in any case? If you want more independently-minded MPs you need to give them sources of power outside the executive, such as in the US Congress. But then the whole system is going to be very different, isn't it?
"What is the idea behind this? What would it change? "If the whips are accountable to the MPs rather than the leadership then they can't force them into becoming lobby fodder, it won't specifically change the expenses culture.
But that's the bit I think is strange. What the whips be doing then if they were parliamentarily appointed? The government will still have the desire to force MPs to vote how they want, and it'll still have most of the tools (such as patronage).
"The government will still have the desire to force MPs to vote how they want, and it'll still have most of the tools (such as patronage"I see, so even if the government didn't formally control the whips and have the power to withdraw the whip, they would still be able to apply pressure to their MPs.Yeah you're right, back to the drawing board..
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