We, being a generous lot, pay them Â£65,738 a year. Plus extra if they need a bath plug, or new loo seat. Plus we pay our BBC licence fee, and the BBC then hand it out to MPs in dollops of say Â£1,000 a time for the ‘disturbance’ of appearing in tacky programmes like ‘Cash in the Attic’. This is quite apart from the lucrative business of trolling their line in obliging newspapers, or writing books…
We feed them steak and chips at subsidised prices, fill them so full of cheap beer that they punch each others lights out, and then send them back to their subsidised housing in chauffeur driven cars, for fear that they might find out how the rest of us live.
It’s a cushy number. A basic of round about Â£250 a day for sitting in the House of Commons piping up on our behalf whenever someone else’s MP proposes a new law that might unfairly impact on us. Like the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill 2010-12 which currently threatens to remove the right to free legal advice for some civil law cases.
Were it not for some of those crusty old hereditary Peers in the House of Lords objecting to this proposal, the bill would have sailed through parliament by now.
Had it sailed through parliament by now, there would be nothing else to require those Â£250 a day + perks MPs from taking an early holiday until May 11th when they will all rush back to take part in the State opening of Parliament.
Watch with interest the ping-ponging of this Bill between the Commons and the Lords and the concessions made to get it passed. Every day it is delayed past next Thursday, 30th April marks an extra day they will have to work for their money over and above the 14 days out of the 75 currently scheduled.
Yes, you did read that correctly. They will only have put in an appearance on 14 days out of the 75 days between the end of March and their Summer hols in July. 2 weeks out of 2 and a half months. Those that bother to turn up, that is.
Now you know why they have the time to appear on ‘Cash in the Attic‘.
Last year Dominic Raab got his knickers in a twist because he was receiving two e-mails a day from constituents via the 38 degrees website. He reported them to the Information Commissioner for publishing his e-mail address. When they pointed out that it was available on the House of Commons website, he forced the House of Commons to remove it from the official site! Raab’s explanation for this was:
Just processing the emails from your website absorbs a disproportionate amount of time and effort, which we may wish to spend on higher priorities, such as helping constituents in real need or other local or Parliamentary business. These emails from your and other lobby groups are becoming a real nuisance.
Just what are we paying them for?