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Do MPs actually think before they act?


interzone55

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MPs call for 32% pay rise

BBC Link

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SillBill

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pavvi

The minister wrings his hands and wails "I know how the Public feels! Humphrey do turn up the heating, I'm freezing!" PPS (Humphrey) "Yes, Minister"

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pavvi

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This one is my favourite of them all -

WHo Reads the Papers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGscoaUWW2M

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interzone55

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This was a turkeys voting to abolish Christmas poll.

Yes it is, but at the same time the Turkeys are voting to make everyone else poorer - that's what sticks in my throat, the laughter in the commons as they decided to make poor people poorer...

Independent Link

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spuds

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I wonder how many people check what their local councillor's are getting, in allowances (wages?) and expenses. it might be well worth checking, because in some cases there will be some big surprises. If its correct, then a number of council's are considering or might (most likely) even approve further increases for allowances and expenses being made within the next year.

My own local council seem to have a few 'unemployed and on benefits' councillor's in their midst, claiming that their allowances and expenses are not enough, because their council work is virtually full time and more!.

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Woolwell

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The headline in the article is of course incorrect. They haven't called for an increase. They responded to a survey. The survey turned up an answer that could have been expected ie would you like more money - yes. This doesn't mean that they will get more money. IPSA may recommend a rise but I hope that they are not foolish enough to recommend any increase above the public sector eg nil.

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Woolwell

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spuds - When mentioning local councillors you need to differentiate between the different types of local councils. County, District and Unitary authority councillors will get an allowance but typically parish councillors do not. Council work can take up a lot of time and as a result it can be difficult to get younger, in work, people to take it on. In my District the maximum was £18,000 to the leader of the council. Councils that wish to raise council tax by more than 2% have to hold a referendum. Large rises for councillors could well mean reductions elsewhere. The answer is in the ballot box.

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