- Total cost of Parliament
Drawing this together, the total cost of Parliament is now running at around £0.5bn pa.
Now you might say that £20 pa per household is not a great deal of money. But we say £20 is much more than we want to spend on funding a plush London club. Especially when its members routinely lecture the rest of us on how to live while simultaneously helping themselves to the petty cash.
The trust has gone.
Anyone who says that we should pay these bastards even more money is a total and utter cunt—end of story.
As far as I am concerned, if 70% of our legislation is effectively made in the EU (which it is), we should be cutting MPs' salaries and expenses by 70%, not proposing to pay them more. Besides, as I have always maintained, if MPs are scrabbling around trying to make a living, they will be too busy to think up new laws to oppress us with.
And for those who worry about "big business" buying MPs, well, I'll direct you to Timmy's comment.
But [Monbiot] seems to have missed PJ O’Rourke’s point. When legislators decide what can be bought and sold the first thing to be bought and sold will be the legislators.
You’ll not take the money out of politics until you take out the profitability of putting money into politics.
So, an argument for MPs being able to do as little as possible: in other words, this is a stone-cold argument for minarchism.