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Monday, 20 May 2013

When it comes to hypocrisy, MP's have few competitors.

 MPs are set to receive a pay rise of up to £20,000.

Just when you thought that you had heard everything, just when you thought that there were no other depths to which MP's could sink, just when you thought that the greed of demanding an increase in their expenses for lunch followed by another demand for an increase in their bar drinks allowance, could not be topped, comes this. Make no mistake about it, no matter how many times the MP's may bleat, plead poverty and trot out the well worn cliche that their salaries are set by an "independent review body", the levels of salary that these parasites pay themselves are set behind closed doors in smoke filled rooms and agreed long before any announcement is made in the media.

John Bercow
John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, is understood to be sympathetic to a pay rise after saying that MPs are paid an 'ordinary' amount of money.

Not that I am suggesting that all MP's are tarnished with the same brush. I know that there are a few who are as appalled at the latest example of the avarice within the House of Commons as,no doubt, are many of us in the country.However, the fact remains that there are enough MP's on both sides of the House, to ensure that their salaries are sufficiently inflated to insulate themselves from the reality of the every day life that the rest of us have to endure every day. Never mind about the sop proposing curbs to Members’ gold-plated pensions and personal expenses as that is only included for public consumption. At the end of the day, their current salary of £65,738 is to rise by as much as £20,000 per year. Even if the rise is set at a (modest ?) £10,000 per year, the actual value of the increase alone, is worth more than many families have as an annual income.
It is no less than a patronising insult to the people of this nation, that elected representatives can behave in a fashion more akin to some banana republic "politicians" stealing from their own treasury and growing rich and fat while their own people are ignored.
The very fabric of our society is being fragmented by the imposition of draconian austerity measures, the NHS is being systematically dismantled, Welfare "Reforms" are destroying whole communities and nearly one million people in Great Britain are reliant on Foodbanks to feed their families. Wages and salaries in both the public and private sectors are frozen or severely restricted whilst at the same time the costs of food, gas, electricity, water and everyday living continue to rise relentlessly. This against a sinister background of rising unemployment. How MP's can, at this time, demand an increase in their own salaries is a crass and immoral act of self serving hypocrisy and will be recognised as such by people everywhere. This is a situation which cannot and will not endure. The people of this country will soon wake up to the fact that they are the victims of a government which has over many years put its own interest above those of others. They essentially "got away with it" over the MP's expenses scandal. This time they will not be so fortunate.