Good news: a pay rise may be on the way! No, not for you, pleb.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) is expected to recommend a pay rise for MP’s of £10,000, but not until after the general election. Well that’s all right then, isn’t it?
Well, not exactly. It is fair to say that the public reaction, at a time of severe financial restraints, has been less than impressed. MP’s, too, have been cautious and some have refused to take the pay rise, if it is indeed given.
Clegg has said: “My own view is that the public would find it impossible to understand – particularly as there are millions of people in the public sector whose pay is only increasing by 1% – that their parliamentary representatives at a time like this would be receiving pay increases far in excess of that 1% increase”.
What’s this, Nick Clegg has a backbone?! IT IS A MIRACLE!
Vince Cable has also reacted in much the same way by saying: “Let’s wait and see what the report says and let’s see how MPs react to it – it’s not my job to tell them how to behave. But I think everybody will understand the wider context and the attitude of the public, which I think will be very hostile if the political class decides to put its own interests first.”
To be quite honest, Vince, if wages rise anymore then 1% then you’ll likely be seen as taking a ******* liberty, as Catherine Tate would say in her TV programme ‘The Catherine Tate Show’.
Ed Miliband’s reaction was also somewhat cautious: “We will view any rise for MPs in the light of the current climate of economic austerity.
“It has to be seen in the context of the decision to limit public sector workers’ pay increases to 1% and the fact that some private sector workers have had their pay cut.”
Let us not forget though that the Commons voted against a 1% pay rise in 2011 and last year agreed to extend the pay freeze into 2013. MPs’ salaries are due to rise to £67,060 from April 2014.
So, as you can see, they do have a spine, especially the Lib Dems who are being battered in polls for their betrayal of their voters.
All in this together? We shall see. What do you think- should wages rise, be cut or stay the same?
I attach some interesting polls & graphs below: