If, in order to represent, representers must belong to the same categories as the represented, then MPs require right proportions of oyster-lovers, self-lovers, credit card debtors, alcoholics, fiddlers, those economical with the truth, lovers of bits on the side and size nine shoe-wearers. Maybe that's easy; but there are problems with securing right proportions of the meek, the poor and the down-trodden - to say nothing of the unwaged, the teenager, the non-MP and the comatose,
Reflecting further, if representers must be the same as the represented, then we should falsely conclude that signs can represent solely signs, thoughts must be about thoughts, actors can play only actors - and MPs represent only themselves. Ooops! - in some recent cases, it looks as if some MPs really believe this last one.
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