All the papers are full of the MPs want Â£100K story. Most people think that they are taking the Mickey. They may be worth larger salaries but they can’t have those AND large pensions AND generous allowances AND plush offices in Portcullis House (one of the most expensive offices ever built) AND long recesses AND free airport parking AND SO ON.
One way of controlling them would be to set a fixed budget, linked to inflation, for all of Parliament and its activities. MPs could then decide to have lower pensions or less support staff if they wanted to have higher salaries. They might decide to have less MPs or to relocate to a cheaper location. Everyone who manages a business or a part of the public sector has to submit to this kind of discipline. So should our MPs.
If you agree with me that MPs and Parliament as a whole should have to contain their spending within limits rather than just being able to vote themselves any salary and perks that they like, you might like to sign the petition that I have started at the Number 10 e-petitions site.
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to fix the budget for Parliament and link it to inflation such that MP’s salaries can only increase if they save money elsewhere.