What a load of hypocrites. The government have just won a vote to keep benefits at a max 1% increase, public sector pay is more or less frozen, and this self absorbed lot want in these times, an obscene pay rise.
Long term of course we have to pay MP's a "fair" rate but I think the easiest way would be to have their salaries , and ministers ones linked to a particular grade of civil servant or army officer, and for this to be decided by an independent body , maybe composed of senior business folk. The issue of productivity also should cone in to it. Why do we need so many MP's now we have devolved parliaments, Euro MP's etc? There should be a reduction in numbers equal in % to the increase they want.
I have little or no respect for politicians they are only interested their own ends and a lot of them should have been done for fraud but weren't of course just the token scapegoats to appease us plebs.
If such a rise is sanctioned, presumably, to offset it, they will have no other expenses to fill their already bloated coffers? What other industry in the commercial world gets expenses like that? I got very little help when I moved to a new job, I couldn't get expenses for another home nearer to my place of work. But I forgot, most of the MPs have never worked before for commercial enterprises. They seem to use Research jobs with in the political empire to get experience of how the world works. Yea, right!!
You forgot about the ones who are Lawyers and are still raking in fees as such.
Oh, and don't some, a lot, of them have paid directorships outside the "HOUSE" and BTW I seem to remember an MP called Gordon Brown, is he still drawing an M.P's salary or is he writing his "Memoirs"?
MPs in Italy, Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland and Belgium all get paid more than UK MPs.
As fourm member says, if you ask people if they're being paid enough for what they do few of them will say they are. This was an anonymous survey, and the result was predictable. Do an anonymous survey of bus drivers and you would get the same answer.