Bizarrely Adam Afriyie is right to advocate Members of Parliament being paid the not so insubstantial sum of £225,000 per annum
A Conservative MP named Adam Afriyie recently claimed that Members of Parliament should be paid £225,000 a year. Bizarrely, all at The Steeple Times agree with him: This rich politician actually is bang on the nail.
Afriyie argued that “it is almost impossible to operate on the salary that is given to MPs if you come from a middle income family” and suggested that “in 1911… MPs were given an allowance of £400 per year. If it had been uprated according to various different indexes, guess how much that figure would be today? £225,000”.
“In my dream world of the future we’ll have, again, a simple members allowance which is substantially higher than it is today… We started at that £400, so let’s work out what that means today”.
Adam Afriyie has a point. We would advocate axing half of the liggers at Westminster in order to create a system whereby we have Members of Parliament who represent larger constituencies. If we paid elected politicians double what they get now, banned expenses and bought an accommodation block capable of housing them all in Central London, there’d be no more financial scandals. Bring on Adam Afriyie’s proposal and bring on a return to decency in politics.
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