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How much should MPs be paid?
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Answer B: Hold on. I'm not sure jobs get much more stressful than teaching. And since when does a teacher clock off at 5pm???
Some work very hard and when compared with the quoted salaries for professions with similar level of responsibilities, are not paid that well. (lets remember they're supposed to represent around 100,000 people, not only to central government but often also to local agencies).
the problem is others do very little, and they are currently paid far too much for it!
ironically, it's the ones in the safest seats that are the most likely to do !!!! all because guaranteed to be re-elected regardless, as any monkey with a blue or red rosette (and only those 2 have truly safe seats) pinned on would.
But talking big increase NOW, when everyone else's wages is being freezed or decreased.. that's a very bad move
I don't think that's actually the case
Living in London, I only get Council, London assembly/mayor, MP and Europe (House of Lords does not represent anyone in particular).
anywhere in France I would have had representatives at: town Council+maire, Department (County/Borough?), Region, MP, Senate (though indirectly elected they represent at the County level) and Europe.
oh and MPs (let alone Senators who get the same, unlike Lords) not only get paid more in France (£72k salary + a fixed, tax-free, no questions asked, 65k in personal expenses + £95k for their employees, telephone, etc, part of which they can keep if unspent), they can and very often do cumulate posts, ie an MP is always Maire somewhere as well...
What i'm suggesting is that we need high achievers from any sector - people that are able to overcome problems and obstacles and make things happen for themselves. I'm suggesting that the person driving the bus is not likely to be equipped with managing the national debt, someone who has worked their way up from bus driver to senior manager/union is much more likely to be able to apply himself to the demand of an MP. These people ARE concerned with the money.
Good teachers are not stressed. Poor/average teachers feel stress because they are not equipped for the demands of job. This gets us onto a whole different discussion around performance management in the public sector - but I digress from this thread topic.
Many of the individuals who demand and achieve the high salaries are not the best people, they are the best at self promotion and opportunism.
edited to correct shocking grammar and spelling.
I guess that 208 MPs voted then