Austerity cuts, benefit cuts, tax rises, infrastructure cuts, Welfare cuts, NHS cuts, military cuts, defence cuts, inflation, pay cuts, corporate tax lowered thresholds, strangling the remaining life out of public spending…
However, Marcial Boo; IPSA chief executive (Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority) believes MPs shouldn’t be paid a ‘miserly amount.’, thus raising the pay from £67,000 to £74,000. This, in a time where many are living on less than £10,000 a year.
Outrage has spewed forth as public sector worker wages capped to 1%. Confusing this, MPs are public servants, elected by the people, for the people, thus shouldn’t they share the same liberties as public sector workers? Are they not representing the public? Whilst receiving a private hike in pay? Quite obscure.
Many believe higher pay doesn’t equate to higher quality representation; especially when the average MP spends less than 148 days in Parliament, marginally less than half the days in the year.
The three main party leaders have come out and expressed their distaste towards the raise, but have done nothing to stop the raise, as MPs within Parliament are believed to be in favour, translating to the raise going ahead after the final report next year.
One thing we can bank on ‘We’re all in it together’ is in tatters.