This morning, my wife – a GP – shared with me a BMJ article entitled “How to become an MP”. It might well have been titled “Why become an MP?”:
Ours is a participatory democracy—startling chiefly for the lack of participation. Membership of the hopelessly debt laden political parties is at an all time low, and the esteem in which parliament is held is likewise low. A variety of means to improve the situation have been mooted, but little seems to change. Could we doctors make a change? It is often noted that that public has more trust in doctors and other healthcare workers than in politicians; this is the right time, a last chance perhaps, to take our approval ratings out for a psephological test drive.
It seems I’m not alone: more people must put up or shut up.