July 1st, 2013

MPs Who Froze Public Sector Pay Want £10,000 Pay Hike

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) looks set to bung troughing MPs a 15% / £10,000-a-year pay rise, even though both Labour and Tory MPs support policies restraining public sector pay rises to 1%. As Ed Balls says: “There is no way we should be arguing for higher pay when the choice is between higher pay and bringing unemployment down.” Last week Osborne attacked “some public sector employees” who “see annual pay rises of seven per cent”. MPs are about to get double that. A large group of MPs are in favour of the people that clean their offices suffering a 1% pay freeze, yet want 15 times that for themselves…

Their argument is that they need higher pay to attract the best people to the job, despite there being no evidence that there is a lack of applicants for a job offering triple the average wage plus housing and travel allowances. As things stand MPs are already in a different world; their expenses alone are around the median wage, with everything included they take home more than £1,100-a-week:

Bringing in people who see being an MP as a vocation not a profession is the only change to the system that we need; real people who have done something with their lives rather than ex-SpAds climbing the greasy pole. Under the current system “powerless” ministers bleat that MPs will be able to voluntarily choose not to take the extra cash. The CV of a typical ex-MP is expense fiddling, lying, dissembling, spinning and smiling in pictures. We are fools if we think they won’t line their pockets again…


  1. 1
    tangentreality says:

    MPs. Putting the N in cuts.

  2. 2
    Stolen innocence 2012 of United Wheeldom says:

    Reblogged this on stoleninnocence2012's Blog.

  3. 3
    Hugh Janus says:

    “We are all in this together.”

  4. 4
    Gun Powder is the only soluion says:

    May your second attempt succeed Mr Fawkes.

  5. 5
    Big Bad Boris says:

    Haven’t the rich suffered enough?


  6. 6
    Big Bad Boris says:

    Haven’t the rich suffered enough?

    PS anyone taken a chum up the Arcelor recently?

  7. 7
    Jimbo says:

    A better comparison would be how much money per hour?

    I guess Gordon Brown is on a huge amount for how much work he puts in as an MP

  8. 8
    Lord Stansted says:

    The triumph of profession over vocation has a lot to answer for. When people claim to be “professionals”, the sensible man heads for the hills.

  9. 9
    Gideon says:

    i’m sure those in the public sector who received minimal payrises over the last few years and for the foreseeble future will welcome this with open arms.

    see also those in the private sector suffering pay freezes – whilst the bosses continue to get rich of course – and rising costs of living to contend with.

    i’m not sure the MP’s could get any more out of touch if they tried.

  10. 10


    Light the fuse.

  11. 11
    A nincumpoop says:

    I’m self-employed. I’d love to “suffer” a 1% pay freeze*.

    * In this context, ‘freeze’ means ‘increase’, of course.

  12. 12
    Joe Public says:


  13. 13
    Nation Shall Speak Socialism Unto Nation says:

    Actually as (one of) their employer(s) I’d give them a 50% pay rise but at that wage negotiation the things I’d have on the table in exchange would be….

    1. Pension arrangements = to that of average private sector employee
    2. Expenses regime that anyone in the real world would recognise
    3. Minimum attendance requirement and voting requirement to get paid (yes that means you Gordon)
    4. Recall provisions brought in at the same time
    5. You have to have done 10 years in a proper job before you get elected
    6. scrap transitional arrangements bung
    7. You repeal as many laws as you make
    8. Lying to parliament or your constituents becomes an offence for which you will at a minimum lose your seat in parliament

  14. 14
    Irene in the Pay Office says:

    But aren’t MPs in the public sector?

  15. 15
    fruitcake says:

    IPSA – living on a planet with 8 foot high green aliens….MPs must be their offspring

  16. 16
    john in cheshire says:

    I’d suggest the Harrogate Agenda should be the basis for all matters relating to politics in this country.


  17. 17
    b-b-p says:

    David Cameron’s fury as top Tories plot UKIP pact which could make leader Nigel Farage a minister
    The rogue Westminster summit met on 24th June to discuss how the two parties might form a coalition government .The House of Commons meeting with Mr Farage’s party on June 24 was organised by Tory think tank the Bow Group, whose president is former Tory PM Sir John Major, and Conservative Grassroots, representing local parties .But Cameron must be ditched .


  18. 18
    Bazinga! says:

    I see the biased BBC is using the phrase ‘bedroom tax’ once again, despite already having to formally say sorry once for using Labour Party spin phrases.

  19. 19
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    Even more scary.

    DECC causing power cuts!


  20. 20
    Jimmy's Rightie Quote Of The Day says:

    “Personally I would vote for [lightweight]”

    [nursultan nazarbeyev, president for life, kazakhstan]

  21. 21
    Jess The Dog says:

    It can’t be that hard to find 650 people who will stand in 2015 with two manifesto pledges: 1. We won’t take a pay rise; and 2. We will do what voters ask us to do.

  22. 22
    pissed off voter says:

    Excellent article, and Peter Hain referred below is a perfect example of a thieving, lying, opportunistic parasite.

  23. 23
    The House of Commons says:

    Pay freezes are for the little people.

    Not relevant for important persons like us.

    We need full compensation for our treason.

    After all, it’s not the sort of work anyone would do.

  24. 24
    The Right Honourable George Osborne Mp says:

    I think we’ve got a very clear message, a loud and clear message that Britain cannot let up in dealing with its debts, dealing with its problems, cannot let up in making sure that Britain can pay its way in the world.

  25. 25
    Vazoline says:

    I deserve every penny for what I am doing for my country.

  26. 26
    i do n't nee d no doctor says:

    Give the MP’s the 10k but then take 65k off them.

  27. 27
    Arse fuck for freedom says:

    err… you left shirtlifting off the CV list Guido.

  28. 28
    Political Title Watch says:

    DECC will never be taken seriously or act seriously until the CC is removed.

    Trying to stop the climate from changing is as King Canute trying to stop the tides.

  29. 29
    Generate your own says:

    If the NHS are being compelled to buying in generators then you would be mad not to do the same.

    Only £60 on Thursday.


  30. 30
    Mark D. says:

    I’ve made an improved version. Shows something that everyone was happily overlooking.



  31. 31
    old lady says:

    Good idea but make it a stipulation…………. NO EXPENSES CAN BE CLAIMED.

  32. 32
    A swivel-eyed loon says:

    Gobbling troughers also need to live

  33. 33
    Gideon says:

    it would appear they think not

  34. 34
    Hilda says:

    The “independent authority” consulted all the MPs. 66% thought they were under-paid.

  35. 35
    Jim says:

    Turn parliament in to a museum or a hotel,or anything useful.

  36. 36
    John Tandy says:

    Unbelievable !!!!!!!!!

  37. 37

    Grow your own dope, plant Cameron.

  38. 38

    Troughers the lot of them,Cameron should overule IPSA if he dosnt then expect even less people to vote in the next election,;et me give you an example of how 2 out of 3 of the Labour MPS in Sunderland have done Sharon Hodgson employs her husband as office manager on 33k plus and Julie Elliot employs her son who is barely in his twenties as a Parliamentary asst on 15k,it dosnt matter what pary they are all troughers!

  39. 39
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Hard working MP’s like me deserve every penny of this pay rise. Boaz

  40. 40
    BobRoberts says:

    Signatures on the epetition are flying in… I’d suggest adding yours – the more there are, the more embarrassing it gets for ‘them’.

    Just google/search epetitions UK government…

    Is fairly freaking ridiculous. Can’t believe the troughing gits are going to try and squeeze this one through with some ‘it’s within the rules/out of our hands BS’. It’d be funny if it wasn’t such an awful insight into the way our representatives behave.

  41. 41
    DWP Decision Makers says:

    The surplus population need to get over it

  42. 42
    sons of onan says:

    Picking numbers out of their collective arses again.

    Time to bring in the military.

  43. 43
    Postal Votes are Labour Loo Paper says:

    Troughing scumbags

  44. 44
    Grand Master, Grand Lodge, Great Queen Street says:

    Surely your boys will make up the difference if it isn’t awarded Handy. Just a few more planning permissions for asylum seekers should swing it. Jahbulon.

  45. 45
    Watt Tyler says:

    Will the peasants revolt ?

    You f’kin bet we will !

  46. 46
    Don Cox says:

    It would be OK for them to have this pay rise in exchange for a complete abolition of expenses.

    That would reduce corruption a bit.

  47. 47
    Don Cox says:

    As for point 2, they are supposed to be representatives, not delegates. They should be representing the interests of all their constituents, not just the policies liked by the ones who voted for them.

  48. 48
    Blind_leading_the_blind says:

    Peanuts – monkey interface

  49. 49
    Who is worse: Balls or Crow says:

    Agree. Currently at 43,000. Not even their salary

  50. 50
    Toenails says:

    Don’t worry loves, I did a piece on the six o’clock new convincing people that our MPs are underpaid. Best to pick a pavement pleb for a vox pop, not mention the pension, expenses, pay-offs, subsidised extras, additional jobs and retirement consultancies and Just go with the headline salary figure and intimidate them with the cameras lights and telly celeb suit into agree with me by implying they’d look stupid not to.

  51. 51
    Toenails says:

    I can wrting, good to

  52. 52
    Y Front man says:

    I’d use all the twats for bayonet practice.

  53. 53
    Roger says:

    I think we should pay them the increase.

    The corrupt little swine will just take bribes otherwise. OK, more bribes.

  54. 54
    Jack the Ripper says:

    If MPs want more money they should
    1. Get themselves a job at the BBC.
    2. Get themselves out of a job at the BBC.

  55. 55
    Old Age pensioner says:

    Yes, let them have their pay rise, then perhaps the mob will do “a Cairo”, or maybe even a Ceasuscau job!

  56. 56
    spanows says:

    The graph is wrong, MPs expenses average 140K

  57. 57
    Disgusted of Neasden says:

    MP’s pay has been the subject of independent reviews for several decades. The usual comparison was with certain grades in the Civil Service, which was itself compared to grades outside public service. Each time the reviews come up with the conclusion that they are underpaid.

    Whenever the sitting government is trying to squeeze pay rises or expenditure generally, they pass a motion in Parliament not to accept the review and take a lower rise – making the situation worse the next time round.

    They also make it look worse by raising the pay once every few years, rather than having annual inflation-related increases.

    Maybe delegating the thing to IPSA was a good idea; they can now all blame Gordon Brown’s government.

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