According to the Office of National Statistics MPs on £65,738 are paid more than 95% of the people they represent. Yet according to a survey carried out by YouGov for IPSA, they want more, an average of a 32% hike. These are MPs from parties with a policy of keeping other public sector worker’s pay frozen. Andrew Bridgen had the balls to tell the BBC the truth:
[gigya src=”http://boos.audioboo.fm/swf/fullsize_player.swf” flashvars=”mp3=http%3A%2F%2Faudioboo.fm%2Fboos%2F1149783-andrew-bridgen-on-radio-4-s-pm-programme.mp3%3Fsource%3Dwordpress&mp3Author=suttonnick&mp3LinkURL=http%3A%2F%2Faudioboo.fm%2Fboos%2F1149783-andrew-bridgen-on-radio-4-s-pm-programme&mp3Time=07.23pm+10+Jan+2013&mp3Title=Andrew+Bridgen+on+Radio+4%27s+PM+programme+” width=”480″ height=”160″ allowFullScreen=”true” wmode=”transparent”]Pollsters YouGov were asked to survey MPs by IPSA to find out if they thought £65,738 was enough for their salary.
MPs were asked to anonymously suggest an appropriate salary:
On average Tories wanted £96,740, Lib Dems £78,361 and Labour MPs a mere £77,322. Labour’s policy is to freeze public sector pay for nurses, teachers, policemen and soldiers. The UK average income is £26,500. We’re all in this together, right?