it’s worth recalling German sociologist Max Weber’s observations in a 1918 lecture on ‘Politics as a Vocation’.
There are, he said, two ways of making politics one’s vocation: either one lives ‘for’ politics or one lives ‘off’ it. Those who live ‘for’ politics enjoy power or treasure the consciousness that their lives have meaning in the service of a ‘cause’.
However, “he who strives to make politics a permanent source of income lives ‘off’ politics as a vocation,” he noted.
And our MPs and MLAs…
… appear, for the most part, to be living off politics.