MPs' pay: Watchdog calls for rise of more than £6,000
No. Just, no.
Ipsa chairman Sir Ian Kennedy said: "The history of MPs' pay and pensions is a catalogue of fixes, fudges and failures to act. The package we put forward today represents the end of the era of MPs' remuneration being settled by MPs themselves.
"For the first time, an independent body will decide what MPs should receive. We will do so in full view, and after consultation with the public."
Sir Ian told BBC Radio 5 Live MPs should be treated like "modern professionals" and part of the package was a "radical proposal" to introduce an annual "report card" to show the public what MPs did for their money.
He said the pay rise proposal was "fair" because MPs' pay had "fallen back" over the years and they needed to properly rewarded for the job they did, adding that the expenses scandal had been the result of too much pay restraint.
Sir Ian Kennedy, whoever the hell he is, lives on another planet, IMO. The expenses scandal was as a result of pure greed and in some cases outright criminality. It is untenable to preach pay restraint for the masses at the same time as agreeing a hefty pay rise for their representatives. It doesn't matter what they or some supposedly 'independent' committee thinks they are 'worth', they have to be seen to lead by example. Lots of people in this country do valuable work and are paid less than they are 'worth' for it, but the plebs just have to lump it in order to hang on to their jobs.
Sir Ian is paid £700 a day and works on average two days a week, which he said added up to an annual salary of between £60,000 and the "high 70s".
No wonder he has no idea what's going on in the real world.