#AllInThisTogether? Like Hell We Are

The Electorate Have A Long Collectiive Memory

Your Day Will Come Camoron

Yesterday was a Thinking Day at Angry Towers, today is more of a Doing Day, so yesterday’s news hasn’t gone away overnight, time to process it.

At first I rushed to my calendar to check that it wasn’t April 1st. Can MPs really be so insensitive as to award themselves an 11% pay rise? My calendar merely confirmed that this was December 2013, mid term for the ConDem Coalition, the government that NOBODY voted for, and YES they really could be that insensitive. Cynical, Contemptuous, Arrogant, Uncaring. These are all alternative words that sprang to my mind.

The more I processed the news the more it sunk in. The government really do think that we, the electorate, are STUPID.

Parliamentary watchdog IPSA is set to recommend a rise of £7,600 to £74,000, to come in after the 2015 election.

IPSA does not need to get the agreement of Parliament to bring in the changes.

The Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has condemned the11% pay rise.

Mr Alexander told Andrew Marr it would be “wholly inappropriate for MPs to get such a large pay rise at a time when every other public sector worker sees their pay rises capped at one per cent”.

And there is the crux of the problem.  If it’s so inappropriate to receive this pay rise, and they really care about the Public Sector and other workers with capped pay rises then why the hell don’t they just decline IPSA’s very kind offer “No Thanks”, there you are, easy wasn’t it?  The proposal by IPSA to award MPs this lavish increase from 2015 at a time of continuing austerity has been disowned by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg.

This is the bit I really like:-

Ironically MPs are powerless to prevent IPSA imposing the increase other than to appeal to it to heed public opinion and rethink its plans – or vote to abolish the body.

What a load of bollocks.

The government was ‘powerless’ to change pension Terms and Conditions for existing members of a scheme. I’m sure ALL Police Officers will remember that one. So what happened? Camoron and co changed the law, that’s what happened.

It’s not like MPs even need this pay rise. They’re not the poor hard done-by souls they would have you believe. Yesterday’s Independent included this absolute pearl

MPs' Salaries 1996 to date

MPs’ Salaries 1996 to date

Just compare that to what’s happened to YOUR salaries. How do they compare?

So come on Camoron, show us what you’re REALLY made of and change the law to allow you to decline this generous offer if you truly do oppose it. Failure to do so will merely confirm waht we al;ready know about you, your cronies, and your policies.

A ConDem government, a Force For Good and Fairness to all, or

#SnoutsInTheTrough

#SnoutsInTheTrough

And finally, before I go, I’ll leave you with this thought;

More working households were living in poverty in the UK last year than non-working ones – for the first time, a charity has reported.

Just over half of the 13 million people in poverty – surviving on less than 60% of the national median (middle) income – were from working families, it said.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation said low pay and part-time work had prompted an unprecedented fall in living standards.

#AllInThisTogether? or #AllInTheShitTogether?

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2 thoughts on “#AllInThisTogether? Like Hell We Are

  1. Just sent this to IPSA:
    Dear Sir/Madam of IPSA,
    I would like to enquire as to the planet this august body deem to live on, for not only do they make decisions which defy belief, and simple morality, but also they think that their proposals are sound and fair.
    If IPSA consider that handing a rise to the already decently paid MPs, in a time of great austerity and difficulty is the right thing to do, then I suggest you think again, for you have so obviously not taken the broader fiscal climate into account, which I understand is part of your remit from the Government.
    If the members of IPSA are so wealthy that they are out of touch with the public, then I suggest they be replaced forthwith with those who are in touch.
    The general anger amongst the hard pressed public that your suggestions have generated, is verging on the vesuvial, especially as many of the Cabinet are already so wealthy that their MPs pay is but a drop in the ocean.
    The Cabinet and some MPs need to stop hiding behind your decisions, saying it is nothing to do with them, and that it is an independent decision. This is absolute poppycock!
    It is time this bloated administration was slimmed down, the country cannot afford it.
    There are far too many MPs (650 in 1935 only 615), and grossly too many members of the House of Lords (785 with only room for 400 to be seated), and the country cannot support them all.
    Re-instate the House of Lords to just the hereditary Lords with letters patent, and cut down the number of MPs to the number of seats available in the House of Commons, so that the country’s administration are not viewed as scrounging leeches by the general population.
    Britain is starting to resemble a banana republic, with all the corruption, plundering of the country’s wealth, and impoverishment of the people that go with it.
    Have you no shame or morals?
    Please reconsider.
    yours angrily
    Mrs Jane Birkby
    They say history repeats itself……….
    Oliver Cromwell’s Speech on the Dissolution of the Long Parliament
    Given to the House of Commons
    20 April 1653
    It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
    Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth? Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil’d this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, are yourselves gone!
    So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!

  2. Here is a perfect example of how IPSA exists in a parallel universe and MPs having been mugging off the public for decades;

    152. We have identified a number of expenses which arguably should be paid for by MPs
    themselves. These include:

     the food subsidy that can be claimed if Parliament sits after 7.30pm;
     hospitality (which includes payments for tea and biscuits in the office);
     hotels taken before 1 am (but not for those MPs who use hotel accommodation only
    when in London);
     taxis home if they are taken before 11pm;
     home contents insurance (for personal possessions); and
     installation of a television and the licence for it in a residential property.

    I’m so very pleased that I won’t have to pay for those after 2015, but I’m not sure what the management’s reaction would be if YOU tried to claim office tea and biscuits back on expenses.

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