PRIME MINISTER OPPOSES PAY RISE FOR MPS – When I read the initial reports this morning that David Cameron was quoted as saying a pay rise of £10,000 was ‘unthinkable’ I duly nodded my head in agreement; but I also had a chuckle on the side.
David Cameron is perfectly correct; MPs should NOT under any circumstances be allowed such an exorbitant pay rise due to a number of critical issues.
Let’s look at some of the facts:
What do MP’s actually do? The answer is not an awful lot and when you consider they work for less than 6 months of the year you would honestly think their existing salaries are atrociously over inflated already.
Now that we’ve established they don’t actually work very much let’s look closely at their performance. If an MP was paid on a performance related basis it is likely they would be paying the public. When was the last time you read an article on an MP actually achieving anything?
Just from these couple of facts it is already evident that MPs are overpaid; but it doesn’t stop at just their salaries.
Look how many MPs have been caught with their sticky fingers in the cookie jar over fiddling their expenses. You might think that with an over-inflated salary their expense account might be used a little more sparingly but when it comes to spending the taxpayers’ money there are none as wasteful as an MP.
There are some MPs calling for a pay rise that would push it up to £100,000; the argument from this quarter is that it’s nothing less than what most other professionals working in London receive. Unfortunately those who argued this case failed to notice that they are in fact NOT professionals.
Professionals are highly skilled individuals who produce tangible results for their employer. Politicians on the other hand rarely, if ever, provide any tangible results for their employer – the British taxpayer.
You might be wondering, considering the seriousness of this issue, why I had to chuckle. It came down to the fact that Cameron said that such a pay rise was ‘unthinkable’ – it just appeared amusing to me that Cameron is capable of thinking and that such an act is rarely undertaken in Parliament.
I am not a fan of David Cameron and in fact I don’t take sides with any political party as I’ve yet to find a politician that is capable of professional conduct, thought, honesty and above all moral integrity.
David Cameron hasn’t done himself any harm with the public announcement but will this prevent MPs being awarded a massive pay rise next week?
Cabinet Secretary, Francis Maude, has already warned the Prime Minister that he is powerless to stop the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) form awarding the pay rise. How ‘independent’ is the IPSA – it’s about as independent as a new born baby as it is run by politicians and civil servants and the taxpayer can bet the farm that a pay rise will be voted through and it may even exceed the £10,000 addition they are seeking.
Once again it is clear that ‘austerity measures’ mean diddly to MPs; they are not working on minimum wage nor being squeezed by the taxman; for what they lose in taxes they simply regain on the expense account.
Ed Miliband decided to try his hand at wooing the public for the next election by announcing he would provide a pay rise of just 1% in line with other public sector workers; again this will only ever be offset with the platinum pensions and the inflated expense accounts.
So there we can close, with more rhetoric from Cameron and the rest of the clan who live off the hard work of the taxpayer. Watch this space because come next week I strongly suspect the taxpayer is going to be squeezed even harder just so our MPs can see a hefty pay rise.
Do you think MPs should be classified as ‘professionals’? Do you think our MPs should work on minimum wage? Please leave your comments below.