David Cameron has made a great start and showed good leadership dealing with the expenses problem. One of the questions he is going to have to answer is "what about MP's second jobs?" I personally have no problem with MPs having second jobs - so long has they do not interfere with their duties. There is a massive difference between the Tories and Labour when it comes to second jobs, especially in their respective Cabinets. Nearly all Tory MPs have some kind of business experience, whereas their opposite numbers have almost none. I believe it will be a great boost to the country to have a government that understands business (unlike the bunch we have now).
Now that it looks like their is going to be big cuts in the amount MPs can claim in expenses, second jobs would fill that gap without the need to increase MP's salaries. However, I do believe that there must be some form of regulation on second jobs. I would put a limit of say 104 (8hrs/4weeks) hours a year spent working on a second job, and that time must not clash with an MP's parliamentary duties. In fact I would like to think that second jobs would be encouraged to increase an MPs experience beyond that of the Westminster bubble. 104 hours working with the military wouldn't go amiss either.
This could be another winner for Cameron. He would be seen to be leading the way in regulating second jobs, whilst at the same time pointing out the benefits those jobs could bring to government. Not to mention the fact that MPs would be earning some of their money themselves, instead of just taking from the taxpayer.
What do you think? is 104 hours too much/little? Or should second jobs be banned altogether?