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Politicians' Second Jobs: Should They be Allowed to Keep Them?
Being a member of parliament is a full time job. Any other employment will simply prevent politicians from doing their job properly.
If politicians have time to work other jobs it most likely means that they are not doing enough in their roles as elected representatives.
If many politicians held second jobs, the risk of schedule conflicts disrupting votes would be very damaging to the workings of parliament.
There are many who do take second jobs, detracting from time spent in their constituency understanding the electorate.
Throughout history, holding public office was not a full time job.
Many politicians have personal commitments outside of their political responsibilities other than a second job, which do not prevent them from holding office properly.
The US Congress has only averaged
legislative days per year since 2001. This allows for plenty of time to do another job.
Politicians should have the right to have a second job as long as this do not interfere with their offices.