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Doctors and lawyers need a license to practise. Why not MPs?

The solution to our current crisis is to make politics not less “professional” but more

By Christopher Grey  

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One of the most remarkable features of the recent local elections was the rise of the independents, who well over doubled their seats from 439 to 1045. Their appeal to voters seems to chime with an anti-politics mood and a distrust of professional politicians. But is professionalism really the problem, or could it offer a solution?

Distrust in professional politics is milked to good effect by populists on the…

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