Contact them directly!
I was watching the news last night and heard this opposition candidate say that one of the "services" they would provide to residents is a line for people to call and contact their MP directly on their handphones. And he challenged the incumbent MPs to provide the same level of "committment".
That got me thinking for a while whether that candidate knew what he was getting into. I mean being called anytime of the day? Anywhere? Anyone? Reminds me a bit of the time I was working and being on call 24 hours a day fortnightly, but worse!
But then again after thinking for a while, I realised that these were the same people who said they would quit their jobs and be full time MPs if the people voted them into parliament. Now I do know that the majority of MPs these days have full time jobs in addition to their duties as MPs. Some of these full time jobs are pretty heavy going themselves. Some MPs hold directorships in as much as 10 companies!
And yet the MPs have been reportedly doing great work for their wards. I mean everyone has at most 24 hours a day. You still got to sleep at least 4 hours a day. And the night hours from 12am to 6am are usually not the most conducive to do anything since most other people are asleep. So there is a definite limit to the amount of time one can spend serving people as an MP and holding a full-time day job.
So it got me thinking again what exactly does a full time MP do on a day to day basis during the normal working hours between 8am and 6pm? I mean most MPs would be working their day jobs during those times. Effectively we can call them part-time MPs. (I mean if they were to actually say they were full time MPs but part time manager of XYZ company, or Executive of ABC Accoutning Firm I wonder how the respective organizations would feel about such employees?) So what about those who would be full time MPs? Wha would they be doing during those hours from 8am to 6pm? I think maybe nothing!
I mean if the current MPs can do such a great job without working much during the hours from 8am to 6pm, then those hours are relatively non-essential. MPs do get an allowance anyway. So hey, having a direct line to the full-time MP is not that big a deal for the MP! After all he does about nothing from 8am to 6pm, we might as well give him a call when we have a problem! That's what he's there for isn't it? That's what we pay him for right?
The other way to look at it of course is to ask why don't those "part-time" MPs, full time job holders, forfeit their MP allowance or donate it to charity since they already make a good living from their day time jobs? I'm sure this could be a big political plus point for certain candidates if they said "Vote me and I serve you for free. No allowance! After all I already got my job or business." Otherwise I think if you are an MP and taking the allowance/pay, then you jolly well should take it as a full time occupation.