tisdag 24 mars 2009

MP's Expenses

There is a row about London MPs who are claiming that they need second homes even though they are in commuting distance from Westminster, with calls for reform.

Apparently MPs are dissatisfied with their basic salary of £63,000. They think they work hard for the money.

Performance-related pay?
How about performance-related pay for MPs? It could be linked to a few indices: inflation; employment; crime; life expectancy; and the affordability of housing, for a start. There should be deductions for wars started, bonuses for wars ended, and stoppages for incidents like terrorist attacks and epidemics amongst humans and animals.

But if this really happened, the government would just massage the statistics, like they are doing with inflation.

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