Friday, 26 June 2015

MPs vote themselves a pay rise

With MPs about to receive their undoubtedly deserved 10 per cent pay rise, it's worth bearing in mind that there's nothing new about public dissatisfaction with politicians' wages. 

This is a cutting from the 25 May 1954 edition of the Daily Express, sixty-one years ago, mocking MPs as they cheerfully voted themselves more money, despite the professed opposition of the government:
I particularly like Bob Boothby's warning: 'We are reaching the stage when this House will be composed of company directors, trade union officials, journalists and a diminishing number of those with inherited wealth.' Trade union officials, indeed!

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