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MPs planning to give themselves £10K a head to stay in power

It will be interesting to see how far this proposal gets. The Daily Mail story reckons that Jack Straw will tomorrow be proposing that all MPs get a £10K per annum “communications” allowance. This will give an unfair advantage to incumbents and looks like another step on the road to state funding for political parties.

For you and me this means another £6.46 million being taken off us to be spent by our betters. Yes, it’s only 10p per head per year but it all adds up. Another way of thinking about it is to imagine 6,460 people doing a full week at the minimum wage to pay for all of this.