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Politicians' Second Jobs: Should They be Allowed to Keep Them?
Politicians can provide helpful services to their communities in the capacity of their second jobs.
Several British MPs
in the medical field as nurses and doctors.
MP Douglas Ross works as an
for the Scottish Football Association.
Being a politician is a position of enormous influence relative to the average person. These politicians could likely achieve more net good by devoting extra energy to their political work.
'Helpful service' is relative - the best thing a politician can do is actively engage with their constituencies and represent their interests in Parliament, which might be impaired if said politican's attention is divided between multiple jobs.
Politicians should not take limited job opportunities that would have otherwise been available to other people in need of work.
Politicians are unlikely to have the
in their second job, therefore they should focus solely on public administration.
take higher paying second jobs
to supplement their original incomes. This would pull them to higher paying consulting groups or other private sector jobs, rather than nonprofits or more community based work.