Via Dizzy, it seems that the answer to the above question is a stark and simple "no".
If the morale of a political party can be measured in the number of inquiries made to the trustees of the parliamentary pension scheme, then Labour is at rock bottom.
"I know of many MPs in marginal seats who have quietly been in touch to find out how much their retirement income would be if they stepped down at the next election," one backbencher said. "Others are thinking about retraining to go back into the careers they left when they came into the Commons, such as teaching and social work."
MPs who retire on grounds of sickness are given special dispensation to claim their full pension before they reach the age of 65. Several have made inquiries about whether it would be possible for them to quit the Commons on grounds of ill health—before voters eject them via the ballot box.
Let me make this clear to any MPs who do not seem to have got the message: fraud is a crime. Just because the money involved has been stolen from the people of this country does not make the crime any less.
Seriously, do these people have no shame? These fuckers claim to be virtuous enough that they can make the laws that bind we proles, and then believe themselves to be above those laws. I mean, it would never do for the law-makers actually to obey the laws that they make for the rest of us, would it now?
After all, it's only fucking magic money, eh? It just falls from the fucking sky. In no way does this money represent the blood, sweat, tears and sheer, hard, fucking work of the people of Britain, does it?
After all, it's only tax money; there's plenty more where that came from, eh? If you need more money, all you need to do is to extort more from us; we must pay or go to prison. And as long as you keep shoving up your salaries and expenses so that you don't notice the tax-rises and inflation inflicted on the rest of us by your policies, you couldn't give two craps, eh?
These people really are the fucking pits—a bunch of fucking corrupt little shits. I intend to monitor this situation and make a note of any MPs that try this tactic; I would love to be making enough money by the time of the next election to prosecute every single MP that tries this on.
Anyone else with me?