MPs face a battle with Gordon Brown to secure an above-inflation pay increase when the official recommendations on parliamentary salaries are published this month.
Ministers have already received a report from the Senior Salaries Review Body, which helps to set MPs’ pay and allowances every three years. It recommends that MPs receive an increase to the basic salary of £60,277 of more than the current rate of inflation, according to an official who has seen it.
Mr Brown is determined to hold increases to the same inflation-matching rate as that offered to nurses and other public sector workers. The Government will also oppose a suggestion that taxpayers fund MPs’ constituency offices directly. However, ministers are likely to accept that the incidental expenditure allowance should be brought under control.
MPs' expenses averaged about £134,000 last year on top of their £60,000 salaries: as far as I am concerned, the corrupt fuckers are being paid about £60,000 more than they are worth anyway.
The scene is now set for a clash with backbenchers from all parties. Some want their salaries raised to about £100,000, arguing that MPs have fallen far behind equivalent professions.
Yes, that cropped up a in December 2006: as you can imagine, your humble Devil was not very fucking happy at all.
Just fuck off would you? Go away and fuck yourselves to death, go on. Top civil servants shouldn't be paid £100k either; they should all be sacked, the cunts.
Look, you bunch of arseholes, you get a really good salary and you get a disgustingly generous, and unaffordable, pension scheme; that's the pay off, OK? You—and I'm talking to both MPs and those lazy, sick, fuckarse civil servants here—get a pension scheme that the rest of us could never afford in our wildest dreams and that's why you get paid less. That's the trade-off: do you understand?
And, naturally, the poor little Greek boy had a bit to say too.
Sir Bufton Tufton is correct. It really is scandalous that our elected representatives are so poorly remunerated for their 160 days' work [PDF] every year. Not only should they be paid more, but on Fridays they should be transported back to their constituencies with great pomp and dignity on litters carried by lucky constituents randomly selected from the national ID database, with cheering crowds lining their routes and a train of elephants and peacocks following in their wake. Once back among their people, they should be sent the fairest virgins of the town to give them oral pleasure (non-virgins may be suitable substitutes for Essex MPs) and their bedchambers strewn with rose petals to ensure a sound and restful night.
Even these modest proposals would hardly constitute proper recognition for their selfless public service, but they would be a powerful reminder to our masters of the gratitude and quiet goodwill that millions of us bear in our hearts.
Actually, I think that there are several reasons why MPs should take a salary cut, frankly. The first is, of course, pure fucking spite: I hate them all and hope they die but, failing that, making their lives a little more unpleasant will just have to do.
Second, if they are having to spend their time scrabbling around to earn a living then they are not in the bastard Parliament, dreaming up new laws to shackle us with.
Third, as the Englishman point out, there is no shortage of people queuing up to be MPs.
Being a simple sort I wonder if the pay is so bad why do so many want to do the job? Simple supply and demand seems to indicate they are too well paid already.
Quite. Knock the salaries down until we have only the number that we need.
But, basically, fuck 'em: they are a bunch of evil, money-grubbing, corrupt, little shits who should be sterilised and then beaten through the streets of London, whilst people fling dog-turds, spiked with glass, at the fuckers...