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We are all in this together apart from our MPs

1995 library filer of Chris Moncrieff. Photo by Peter Smith/PA

1995 library filer of Chris Moncrieff. Photo by Peter Smith/PA

The cheek of it! Our Members of Parliament think this is the right time to ask for a 32% pay rise.

It is hard to believe that even they have the brass neck to do that, especially at a time when welfare payments are being slashed across the board, with threats of more to come.

Some of our politicians already get more than £60,000 a year, plus the kind of perks that you and I can only dream of, including expenses which are now legendary in their preposterous extravagance.

So much for “We are all in this together”.

We, the taxpayers, are the paymasters, yet MPs make their own rules and assume that the taxpayers’ pockets are bottomless.

All right, we have heard the argument that they work harder and that their mailbags are heavier than they were a decade ago.

But that is their own fault.

Many of them are taking on constituency work which really should be the responsibility of the local authority and not Westminster members.

Recently, Tory backbencher Nadine Dorries boasted that she missed only a few parliamentary days when she went to Australia to take part (pretty unsuccessfully as it happened) in I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Are there any other jobs where she would have got away with such absenteeism?

I think not. If that is the general mindset of Members of Parliament, then they don’t deserve even what they “earn” now, let alone a hefty increase.

Don’t you just wish that the Prime Minister could deliver his much-heralded European speech and get it behind him?

This speech will be the most important of his political career.

Whatever he says, when he finally gets up on that rostrum, will be met with some kind of disapproval from differing sections of the Conservative Party.

He has recently said it would be “mad” to withdraw from Europe. US president Barack Obama does not want Britain to withdraw.

And that old political warhorse Lord Heseltine is firmly against withdrawal, too.

Yet it seems that the people who really matter – the British voters – are in a majority in wanting an end to our subservience to many EU laws.

If not total withdrawal.

It is beginning to look as though David Cameron is scared of holding a referendum, because he fears the result will not please him.

Well, in that case, he should not issue pledges that one will be held.

He says he does not want Britain to be like Norway and Switzerland, two non-members of the European Union.

Why not? Both are happy and prosperous nations.

Now is the time to be cynical about general election pledges...

 

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