Tougher rules are needed to ensure MPs have enough training to create new laws for the rest of us without making a complete hash them, the NICEIC have warned. Rules in England for Electricians state that only "competent" people can do work on electrical systems. No such rules exist for MPs and any son of Sir Tom, Sir Richard or Lord Harry can buy a safe seat in the shires.
The Communities and Local Government Committee agreed that some MPs had only a few weeks' training and relied on being ‘guided’ by other party members rather too much.
Somebody whose only political qualification is that they once did a five-week internship for Jonathan Djanogly MP is hardly going to equip anyone to scrutinise and draft effective laws that we all then have to abide by.
In some cases the people stood "as much chance of getting a competent MP as asking a bloke down the pub to do the job". Which is pretty much what happens at the local Conservative club.
The NICEIC recommended that before the next election no-one should be allowed to stand as an MP without an NVQ Level III and "a significant period of supervised on-the-job training. Hard working families want to know that their local MP is competent to resist knee jerk reactions to the Daily Mail’s insane ramblings. The current system does not guarantee this. Rather, it can brand the incompetent as competent."