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apparently thats what most MPs want for their next payrise, £65k + expenses isnt nearly enough
this isnt just a moan (much ), its a serious question.. should MPs be paid more? Would it make them work more effectively? I've seen a general trend among some employees that you dont put in the effort before you get the appropriate level of pay, rather than prove you think you are are worth it in the first place? Much the reverse to when I first started employment many moons ago
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The standard pay rises for teachers have now stopped, its all going to be performance related, but how do you gauge how well an MP is performing.
What is this please?
Dont know Paul, dont think it would be easy.. I mean some say they do 60 hours a week but that could be because they are slow not because they do alot, and vice versa.
Mike.. its an addition to your annual salary, every year.. well I think thats what it is.
Don't forget that on top of the £62k salary they also get significant sums of money in the form of expenses (from memory this exceeds the sum they get as salary)
Considering that the bulk of the are "Professional" politicians (ie: have no experience of real work) I feel they get paid far to much already
Quote: Pay rise.
What is this please?
Quote: I mean some say they do 60 hours a week
How many hours of that are spent lunching and drinking, seriously?
I remember a politician not so long ago saying , "We are all in this together"
Doesn't look like it to me
They say they want pay equivalent to someone in the private sector, and I have often heard MPs say an increase is needed to attract people to politics rather than the private sector.
My view is that most of them couldn't get a decent paid job in the pivate sector... so yes, give them an equivalent pay of what they could get
if it was performance related then they should all be taking a 32% cut in salleries and expenses , pity atos not doing the mp's assesment
When the next election comes, some MPs are in danger of losing their deposit and not just their seats!
Quote: How many hours of that are spent lunching and drinking, seriously?
I would imagine they are quite serious about their lunching and drinking,after all organizing a P--s up in a brewery takes some time to get right & they ain't got it right yet.
They should get just less than the rate of inflation. Like the rest of us. That is if you are fortunate to get a rise and have a job................
Quote: Underpaid?! Backbench MPs? Darling, being an MP is a vast subsidised ego-trip. It's a job that needs no qualifications, it has no compulsory hours of work, no performance standards, and provides a warm room, a telephone and subsidised meals to a bunch of self-important windbags and busybodies who suddenly find people taking them seriously because they've go the letters 'MP' after the their name. How can they be underpaid when there's about 200 applicants for every vacancy? You could fill every seat 20 times over even if they paid to do the job!
Jim Hacker, 1986
A more serious concern for me is the fact in these times when things are so tight they believe its a good idea to vote themselves a rise, it shows a severe lack of of understanding of the mood of this country.
Our government are as corrupt as any out there, at least with other country's it's illegal if they get caught, here we just make rules to cover it it and when we they gut caught move the goal posts.
It's so easy to understand why voting figures are down. When parts of the electorate have no confidence in a system that they feel they don't have the power to change.
At the last election many believed having a coalition would be a good thing by having a 3rd party cancelling out the excesses of the first, in realty they just made a deal and the status quo continues.
I personally cannot see an answer to this as I'm unsure the present political system would ever except change.
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