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May 27, 2008

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QuestionThat

Is this supposed to be some kind of ironic joke? £61,820 base, plus your TV license/kitchen/home repairs/etc etc etc paid for by the taxpayer, still not good enough?

kinglear

Unfortunately, many of the MPs that I am acquainted with tend to be Scottish Labour ones.
Far from helping their fellow man - or even their constituents - their main object is to line their own pockets.
I'm sure there are many " Good" MPs - people like Ron Brown, Tam Dalziel, The Beast of Bolsover spring to mind, and I'm sure there are many on the Tory side too. But I believe many do it for the money and not for love.

chris strange

Their level of responsibilities has also been falling so a fall in remuneration would be justified.

chris strange

Silly me, it is actually obvious that they are being overpaid. Where they paid the correct amount for what they produce is worth then the supply of potential legislators should ballance the demand for them, but it doesn't. Lets see how far it will fall until it does.

ajay

I think using average earnings may be misleading, because I'm sure that working-class earnings have risen considerably faster than middle-class earnings since 1911, which would skew the multiplier upwards. A doctor in 1910 could be earning between £1000 and £2000 a year, as the source you quote points out, and (back of envelope calculation) an MP's stipend equates more to £40-60k than to £140k.

As for responsibilities, I'd argue that the reverse is true; the government's activities are far greater now than in 1911, and so MPs have more to oversee.

ukliberty

I'd be interested in ajay expanding on his claim about MPs having more to oversee.

cityunslicker

Simple, pay MP's more but have less of them. With regional assemblies and European government they have little scope for work(legislating) now in any event. 400 would be plenty and they can have half the money saved as extra salary.

Guido Fawkes

MPs in reality have a compensation package equivalent to £115,000 (not including a fair valuation of their pension package).

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