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How many people have you converted to voting for his party now?
Just you watch
looks well easy
MPs should be given a normal living wage, board and lodging at Westminster. Being a politician is a public service and shouldn't be treated like a money motivated career because that'd attract the wrong sort of people imo. Not to say it doesn't currently - the current corrupt system definitley does but increasing their wage won't decrease the corruption it'll mean Government is flooded with careerists. And the idea that leaving the EU will be such a dramatic increase in responsibility as to qualify such a pay rise is just lol.
I'm in favour of raising MP wages because it makes it less likely they'll take backhanders from lobbyists and divide attention with other business concerns.
Leaving the EU will be a decrease in responsibility if anything,
I don't think it's effected by how much they're paid on the whole. Corruption is more nuanced than just monetary gain, but if anything the sort of people that would be easier to corrupt would be more attracted to politics as a field if it has higher wages.
I think the best we can do is to minimise the chance of that happening. UKIP doesn't have a whip system either, which I think would help.
Is also the most complicated, which is making money a less important thing. An increase in pay not only makes money MORE important to the political system but also puts politicians further out of touch with the people (actually running the risk of a plutocracy)
Hate them all you want, but in a system like Westminster Whips are essential.
I can see the problems when it comes to passing legislature, but in an ideal world I'd hope parties would organise themselves on a collection of core beliefs without having to toe the party line all the time.
When it really comes unstuck is on things like individual amendments and clauses to bills.
Lets only have MPs that can afford to do the job unpaid!
Most of the country has to raise a family on less than £30k a year and I don't see why politicians should be an exception, if anything it would keep them empathetic to the working class. Of course ideally it'd work best as part of a pretty massive shift to a socialist economy anyway.
12-hour days in two different parts of the country.
Definitley not cause for more pay
The country should have a robust enough infastructure that this shouldn't be too much of a problem bar emotionally, which politicians should consider beforehand
or emotionally cold people who don't want to see their family, should become MPs.
the travel times could be minimised by granting independence to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
until the Tories cut the funding and it all went to China.
Or am I thinking of solar panels?
Along with the time-honoured phrase, "Beam me up, Scotty."
that's pretty strange of him to suggest that, no? can't imagine it going down well with the people that like his party
fuck do I know though
proved he's far from a political genius. He just happens to have come around at a time all the other party leaders are impossibly weak and any alternative was attractive.
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MPs are much maligned at the moment, the idea of massive expense claims, a free second home and just sitting in the commons for a few hours. But they do actually run the country and work a lot of hours, and could get turfed out at the next election. Considering they get less than a lot of civil servants and people who run a single school, we could pay them more. May be an unpopular opinion, but it is more realistic than people who (seriously) suggest they should be on minimum wage and live in some communal block of flats nearby. It is already an elite, that would just make the only people who become MPs into people who can afford to do it as a hobby and pay for it all themselves.
Christ, he is so deluded though "£50bn by cancelling the HS2 rail link and save a further £55m a day by withdrawing the country from the EU.". Just like that, economy sorted is it!?
The money would be nice to go on schools, hospitals and other infrastructure though.