Posted 2 Jul 2013 by Walaa Idris
For the record, I think MPs are not paid what they are worth. The job they do might to some seem mundane. But if we want our politics and politicians to be reflective our society, then we need to encourage the best by edifying the job and those who do it.
We need to make becoming an MP less of a problem and more of a cherished and elevated public service.
And here is where I agree with Nadine Dorries, sympathies with her and those in situations similar to hers. Being constantly questioned, investigated and harassed not to mention all the resources that goes into that, cannot be conducive to an efficient and harmonious work environment of serving constituents and the public.
In my humble opinion, MPs should be paid a flat salary in the region of £125,000 a year. That amount should include all living expenses, accommodations, travel and basic office running costs minus staff, heavy office equipment and electronics. Every MP should be allowed three full time staff, two in Westminster and one in the constituency.
However, no MP plus his staff and office expenditure should cost the taxpayer more than £200,000 per year.
Having said that, I think the proposed £10,000 increase to MPs’ salary under the existing arrangement is very wrong and they all should turn it down.
Because, it’s a burden not a solution plus it’s wrong.
It is burden because it will not root out the problem of pay and expenses. MPs will
not be paid well, its timing is wrong and it looks bad. Getting more than a 10% rise when all other public sector pay increases have been frozen is not a good idea, in fact it’s a very bad idea.