MPS GET MORE HOLIDAYS THAN OUR SCHOOL KIDS – Any parent will probably admit that their kids get way too many School Holidays but if you think they get too much time off then consider our MPs.
It’s amazing how David Cameron can come out and say that he wants to reward those who work hard and then turn around and provide MPs with more time off for a Commons recess.
In the last 151 days, that’s this year 2013, the Commons have convened just 67 times; effectively giving MPs 84 days of doing nothing; not that any of them do much anyway.
If you want to find the ultimate in ‘laziness’ then pick up a newspaper and look at the 630 politicians who reportedly run the UK. Their laissez faire attitude is what has largely attributed to the downfall of the UK and yet despite their laziness they want a pay rise of between £10,000 and £20,000 a year bringing the average MP salary up to a staggering £80,000 plus; for doing very little.
If that wasn’t bad enough some of our MPs have said that £100,000 a year would be more resonate for the job they do. This probably explains why so many of them are keen NOT to support Welfare Reform as laziness is obviously viewed as the route to wealth.
During the last 12 weeks Cameron himself has failed to turn up for Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons on no less than 10 times. It could be argued that he’s busy traveling backwards and forwards to Brussels in order to trash out a deal or two before giving the public an in/out referendum or that he’s been busy interviewing old school chums for another nice cushy job for an outrageous salary at the taxpayer expense.
One thing is for sure Cameron hasn’t made much headway in actually tackling the problems the UK faces or the economic woes the average hard working family has to suffer at the hands of his incompetence; but that’s alright because he’ll be on holiday from today until June 3rd, where no doubt he, and the other Ministers will return to do even less.
Some MPs have tried to justify the number of days off as it allows them to sit in surgery in their local constituencies and deal with issues on a ground level. However the electorate has often complained that getting an audience with the Queen would be easier than getting a one-to-one with their local MP.
It just appears to me, and many others I speak to, that politicians simply feel we are beneath them and that they are not required to give any explanation of their working week – or lack of it.
Week after week important legislation issues are curtailed as a result of a strict timetable on motions for Bills that need passing. Some Bills never really see the light of day due to the amount of time MPs take off; there simply isn’t enough time to review them all adequately and even those that do pass are often not fully reviewed or scrutinized which is why laws, such as the Human Rights Act 1998, are full of holes that allow criminals and terrorists to mock the British system of justice; it is after all a complete mockery.
The Shadows Commons Leader, Angela Eagle, last week remarked that Cameron is running scared and doesn’t want Bills fully scrutinized; he just wants them passed regardless of the consequences in order to make it look like he’s an effective leader.
“It is no wonder we keep going in to recess and that the Prime Minister has only shown up for Prime Minister’s Questions once in the last nine weeks.” Shadow Commons leader Angela Eagle
The last time MPs put in a full 5 day week was back in January 2013. In February they had an entire week off work and then upon returning broke up a few days later for 19 days – this holiday was of course interrupted as Parliament was recalled in order to pay tributes to the late Baroness Thatcher; which less than half the MPs bothered to do.
After the funeral it was business as usual with the continuation of their break after which they returned in April only to work for just 8 days before taking yet another break in the lead up to the opening of Parliament by the Queen. Effectively this all gave them an extra 12 days off.
Cameron, in all of this, is of course insisting he wants to create a fairer system but it’s obvious from where I’m sitting this doesn’t include the untouchables in the Commons. It appears that Cameron wants us all to work until we drop while he and his chums live the high-life at our expense.
Here’s my message for David Cameron:
Dear David (Dave)
I work 14 hours a day on my website, writing news articles and other articles of interest. Now I’m not complaining as this is what I chose to do. For my toils, and understandably because the business is just 6 months old, I make almost no money. In fact I earned £7.29 last month. I’m sure you will agree it’s not exactly much of a living.
In the last 6 months I haven’t taken a single day off and for the foreseeable further it’s unlikely I will.
Why can’t MPs work at ‘minimum wage’? You impose this rule on hundreds of thousands of UK citizens who work 40 hours a week. In order for them to make up a livable wage, after tax, they often put in a huge amount of overtime. Surely what is good for the Goose is good for the Gander; or are we truly beneath you?
You can leave your response in the comments section below.
I will say I have TWICE asked Dave for a response to a question; I’ve twittered him for the response, and twice I have been ignored. I’m not going to hold my breath as it’s likely this will be the third time I am ignored. I’m guessing he probably doesn’t like being disturbed whilst on holiday.
Should all MPs work at Minimum Wage? Should MPs be allowed so many holidays? Have your say… leave your comments below.
Well I thought it might have been 3rd time lucky but once again I was ignored by Dave – no big surprise but he won’t be getting my vote in the next General Election anyway.