Might be a bit hard to define "ordinary"... And I'm fairly certain the media wouldn't consider them ordinary once they were picked. What would the selection process be?
It would go some way toward tackling the profound disconnect currently felt in politics between the 'political class' and 'ordinary' people and would cost very little.
It should be emphasised this is in addition to the regular cabinet, not instead of. These people could either be selected at random from the general public or from a body of people who have said they wish to take part. The exact method of selection isn't the key issue here.
I think 'ordinary' in this context just means not career politicians. I'd say pick them at random from a pool of willing volunteers. As soon as you elected them they start to say things they don't believe just to get elected. These people wouldn't be selected on ability, they are there to provide politicians with a link to the 'real world'. They would not be running the country.
Who would pick them? The politicians?
That's the 'pick them at random' part!! No one picks them.
Um.... so everyone puts their names in a pool and then what happens? Magically a few peoples names pop up somewhere and that's the team? I suspect not...
i suggest with 2 people in each of 11 middle fifteenth of the income scale (i.e. except the top 13.3 % & the bottom 13.3%) [ could be roughly 2 in each total household income bands of £7-10k, 10-£12.5k; £12.5-16k; £16-20, £20-25, £25-30, £30-35, £35-42, £42-50, £50-58k, £58-70k] ; and get the (working class) & lower middle class & up to the upper-middle class up to 2.6 times median income.
within that, you can find to pick people who have in outdoor manual construction or clearing/cleaning work, teachers, police officer, health care assistant, nurse, technician, engineer, electrician, plumber, retail/cashier, salesperson, bus driver, a couple of entrepreneurs with a start-up with 2 or 3 employees, and 1 or 2 office workers, 1 in agriculture & 1 or 2 in food & restaurateur. in short ordinary people in the most common 25 jobs/activity sectors. & so yes. get a pool of willing volunteers, & give them some basic economic training, so they know why the bankers always end up pulling the strings & why the money in the economy is mostly sucked, to the rent-seeking activities, which is essentially going to the landlords & as well as the top bankers.