Speaker John Bercow has described the £65k salaries of MPs as 'ordinary'. He is right. Such have been the effects of inflation that this sort of income doesn't guarantee anything other than a middling lifestyle, and nor is it commensurate with the hours that a dutiful MP would need to commit in order to do their job effectively.
I do have some sympathy with the case put for a pay rise.
However, the proposed rise in salary by 30% would be completely unacceptable because of the 1% cap imposed upon public sector workers. The Lib Dems, and the opposition, blocked boundary changes which would have offered the British public fairer representation and an opportunity to save money by cutting the number of MPs by 50 - this at a time that the British public (some of them soldiers) are being told that they must sacrifice their jobs for the sake of the economy.
If the majority of MPs are so keen on being ruled by the EU then how long will the heavily indebted British public have to bear the added expense of financing two governments ?
When work is outsourced (as is being done with Parliamentary matters) doesn't it usually follow that jobs are cut ? After all, that is what happened with call center workers, miners, steel workers, factory workers... they were all told by the political class to lump it.
Not being satisfied with this a majority of EU loving MPs go on to tell us that we have no choice but to compete with the rest of the world for our jobs, welfare and NHS provision at home too !
Wouldn't our MPs' attitudes towards the EU harden if they had some skin in the game as do the rest of us ? For each department opened in the EU one is closed in the UK. I know some favoured politicians will go on to sinecures within the EU itself and their views can be influenced but that can only apply to a few of them surely ?
That 65 grand ain't wot it used to be is an indication of the utterly awful job our MPs have done - most notably the need for QE and the effects that their policies have had on overcrowding and the cost of housing and transport to work.
Had it not been for their decisions, which turned the North into an industrial wasteland and London into the Nation's bread basket, they wouldn't have an excuse for their hideously expensive and pointless HS2 to 'regenerate' the Midlands either.
Viewed from space HS2 would doubtless look like the latest extension of the Brussels hub. That's what it's really about.
(IB has not been replying to emails - Bro' E-K has been disconnected whilst moving house... I've been given compulsory A/L, it's raining and I am as bored as buggery. I have a car to fix but am procrastinating because I really don't have a clue what to do with this fault.)