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Politicians' Second Jobs: Should They be Allowed to Keep Them?
Politicians should be allowed no incomes except the salary they receive as members of parliament.
Being a member of parliament is a full time job. Any other employment will simply prevent politicians from doing their job properly.
Politicians should not take limited job opportunities that would have otherwise been available to other people in need of work.
Having multiple jobs can create a
conflict of interest
for a politician.
Given how salaries of members of parliaments are often not very high, this would discourage the best from entering parliament.
In a world where more opportunities are available to people than before, more people aspire to work for more than one employer. Politicians are people, therefore they should have the right to do it.
Politicians often need a second income to meet the needs of their household.
Politicians can provide helpful services to their communities in the capacity of their second jobs.
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.
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