Being an MP isn't just another job, though. MPs are there to serve, as representatives of the public, most of whom will earn nowhere near the salary of an MP.
If the generous salary and expenses aren't enough for any of them, in my view they aren't in it for the right reasons to start with and begone with 'em.
No matter what party they represent, MPs ought to have at least one foot firmly planted in the reality of the lives of those they seek to serve, and be prepared to practice what they preach too. So if austerity, belt-tightening and wage restraint is to be the mantra for the masses, it must also be the mantra for them.
Life is tough, and living and working in London in particular is an expensive business for everyone. MPs should not see themselves as a protected species, though most of them clearly do.
Maybe they could consider tackling some of the reasons living and working in London is so unaffordable, rather than expecting to be protected from that reality by ever higher salaries and expenses allowances for themselves.
That might begin to earn them a degree of respect, instead of the general contempt they are viewed in these days.
Nothing can be done about that, it's determined by "the market" which is an occult force working outside of the control of mere mortals. Ask Northern Sol, he's a hi poobah or adept, or something.
A big guy, well armed and aggressive moves into a little guys house, and proceeds to throw him out. The little guy fights back with whatever he has to hand.
It's this simple, weasel words from either side won't change this . The Palestinians are desperate and in Hamas are seeking desperate solutions.
Two sides Hamas proclaiming allegiance to the only true prophet of god and Jewish fundamentalists claiming to be the chosen people of the same god.
I know where my sympathies lie, with Palestinian people being pogrommed against. I appreciate the historical imperative that makes the Jewish people so adamant that they will never be pushed around again but they are a nation acting under a psychosis they have lost their humanity and destroyed the humanity of those they are oppressing.
They need to talk to each other but those on each side who would talk are sidelined and often assassinated.
The poor Jews and the Palestinians need to find a common cause against the right wing idiots on both sides.
You may well stand by every word, but that does not make you right, Indeed, it increases the chances of you being wrong on many other issues, too and certainly reduces your credibility..and you were doing so well.
Well obviously my credibility with a load of people I've never met is a major issue to me.
sexual abuse crosses class, and status, you don't have to be an establishment figure to be a perv, and you don't have to a kid in a children's home to be a victim.
True but the ruling class looks after it's own they flout the laws they impose on us.
Abortion was illegal, ruling class women booked into private clinics for a "tonsillectomy" and had an abortion, working class women went to a butcher with a coat hanger.
Rich heroin addicts like the Marquis of Blandford went unpunished and lived a healthy life because they could afford good quality heroin, working class addicts end up mainlining granulated battery acid and bleach.
Tax evasion is only worthwhile if you do it massively.
Jimmy Saville and his ilk protected by order of the witch herself.
Vanessa Feltz would turn up at the opening of an envelope if she thought it would get her picture in the paper.
She didn't say anything at the time that the incident was supposed to have occurred. She thus allowed his behaviour to continue for another 18 years.
As a result, rightly or wrongly, I think she is fair game for disparagement.
and what would your reaction have been if she'd "outed" him straight away? Given that he was, at the time a much loved entertainer, I guess you'd have said something like "Ha Vanessa Feltz, self publicist, she's just me me me"
Despite the talk, Wiggins doesnt seem committed enough to be a grand tour winner again.
Hate him all you want but Lance Armstrong had that hunger and need to win. Whether it was to keep defying the odds, ego, inspiration for other cancer survivors can be debated forever but he had a need that Wiggins doesnt.
Yeah drugs are a terrible thing, that all consuming need
I agree, but you see it week in week out from all clubs. Was never tolerated when I was playing, the slightest word out of turn and you were marched back 10m. Say it again or anything approaching bad language directed at the ref and you were off and usually looking at a long ban.
Exactly so where has this sea change come from?
My old coach said you only say three things to the official
Yes sir, no sir and if necessary sorry sir.
We're on a downward slope here and it needs arresting pdq