“I regularly check where I am”… MPs are addicted to their statistics like football players?

Mbappe, Messi or Neymar? Who will be the scorer of the world championship in Qatar? With the World Cup kicking off this Sunday, the world of football will be engulfed in a month of statistics that often haunt fans and players alike. Of course, the number of goals, but also the assists, the duels won, the distance covered… all the data will be tracked and interpreted in the smallest details during a month. You probably don’t know, but away from lawns, there are other statistics on the field…politics! Deputies really monitor their “statistics” carefully in order to measure the work carried out within the Council of Ministers and to put forward political arguments against their opponents.

“It allows you to measure part of the work”

Two websites are of particular interest to parliamentarians. At data.fr, elected officials can measure their Hemicycle participation rates or “loyalty” to their groups in a tangible way. Most MEPs follow the line of their colleagues when voting and therefore score 100%, like the rebel Mathilde Panot or the Macronist Sylvain Maillard. On the other hand, in Les Républicains, there are more “rebels” like the elected representative of Orne Jérôme Nury, who only got 68% of the votes as his colleagues. The Right is also the least “cohesive” group in the Palais-Bourbon, with a cohesion rate of 0.793 when voting, compared to the average of 0.923 for all groups (the maximum score is 1 if all MPs in a group vote the same).

An example of statistics, here for the LR group. – https://datan.fr/Screenshot

The more comprehensive website nosdeputes.fr reveals a lot of other information: committee participation rate, voting in the public vote, number of speeches in the Chamber, amendments or bills debated, oral or written questions to the government… “Everyone consults them, looks at the numbers, assures Deputy RN Thomas Menage. Often looked at are committee and meeting attendance and voting percentages. Statistics for statistics are meaningless, but it is proof of our work, it allows us to measure part of what we do for the French.” As the table below shows, Loiret’s elected representative, for example, has intervened in committee 14 times (blue circle), submitted 18 written questions to the government (green circle) and has yet to ask an oral question. government (red circle) from the beginning of the mandate.

Example of statistics on the site: www.nosdeputes.fr
An example of statistics on the site: www.nosdeputes.fr – nosdeputes.fr/thomas-menage/Capture d’screen

At nosdeputes.fr, parliamentarians can also compare their statistics with those of others. If the number in each column is green, the MP is among the 150 most active parliamentarians. Conversely, if it is red, the minimum active is 150 (see below).

Screenshot of nosdeputes.fr website
Screenshot of nosdeputes.fr website – nosdeputes.fr/Capture d’ecran

“I regularly check where I’m at once a week, especially for verbal interventions or written questions. Knowing whether I am on the average level of deputies assures Antoine Léaument, the rebel deputy of Essonne. Not to change the way of work, but to see if my activity is suitable for the profession of deputy, not to be late in some sector. I was a bit stressed, especially at the beginning,” says Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s former digital manager, who joined the Assembly last June.

Does this information sometimes lead to intra-group competition, as is the case with some football teams? “89 of us were selectedetc. that’s why I pay attention, Thomas Menage answers. Not to compare yourself to your neighbor or to be a good student. But it allows us to direct our activities and position ourselves in relation to the group. Am I taking enough of the parliamentary fight? »

However, statistics can become a political weapon. Thus, the National Rally claims “good figures” for its group, with the logic of “respectability” sought by Marine Le Pen at the Palais-Bourbon. The RN also knows that during the previous term its eight elected officials were often criticized for not being on the Hemicycle and the committee.

“A good deputy is not only about statistics”

However, everyone insists that the MP’s work cannot be quantified, it is not only limited to the parliamentary polling stations, but also includes work in the constituency, mobilizations on the ground and in the media. Many are also wary of this quantitative approach. “We have what we voted for, and all the work is done in circulation. I do not measure my usefulness as an MP by percentage. This is an approach that is far from people’s expectations, “said Maud Bregeon, Renaissance deputy for Hauts-de-Seine. “Many appreciate the actions of deputies, it does not interest me. I do regular work for a specific purpose, not to make numbers. “, also criticizes the elected RN Julien Odoul.

Pierre-Henri Dumont, Deputy LR for Pas-de-Calais, nuance. “You’re never elected or reelected based on statistics, but if you’re not good, you can lose. You’re never going to be worth 3,000 public votes, but if you’re among the most absent, you can be tapped, so you have to pay attention to that,” he said. “It’s like a truck driver, you don’t need to scan the speedometer to control your speed. I, “I have a rhythm, I maximize my presence. But I’m not going to inflate my stats by writing pointless edits.”

Not necessarily a guarantee of success

This is also the opinion of elected MoDem Ervan Balanant, who listed all the information listed. “A good deputy is not only about statistics. Some numbers are ridiculous. In the majority, for example, you submit fewer amendments than in the opposition. Also, what does it mean if you earn thousands but no one votes? – Finisterre’s deputy asks. Kim admits to still browsing nosdeputes.fr. “During the previous mandate, I watched from time to time,” he says. What matters is the long term. At the end of the mandate, I had all the numbers in green [donc dans les 150 plus actifs]I took the fifth place in the rating of parliamentary work.

Refers to a centroid ranking Capital Last June, which gathered data from the previous mandate to rate the “hardest-working and least-performing” MPs. In passing, the newspaper noted that several of Macron’s “good students” were invited to the government by Emmanuel Macron. Stat, a guarantee of success? Not necessarily: Amélie de Montchalin, second in the majority rating, became a minister, was beaten in last June’s legislative elections and forced to leave the government.

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