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Politicians' Second Jobs: Should They be Allowed to Keep Them?
Having a job outside parliament provides valuable experience that a member of parliament can use in their political life, preventing them from having an exclusively political view.
Having a second job allows MPs to directly interact with members of their constituencies.
Spending time in a conventional workplace may give politicians additional insight into important issues which impact ordinary people such as workplace rights and parental leave.
Politicians constantly legislate on issues of which they have no firsthand or personal experience.
The second jobs a politician is likely to have will often make them a member of a specific interest group, thus limiting their ability to do their job impartially.
A large amount of politicians have
prior to entering politics. This means that they have the past experience of working outside jobs while being able to focus completely on their political work.
Politicians still interact with a variety of workers and people in "normal life" settings, even if the politician themself is not employed.