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Friday, 17 December 2010

For 'family friendly' read 'MP friendly'

Reading the whingeing coming from MPs over the IPSA's regime, one's understanding of the cause of their grievances becomes much improved if you substitute the term 'MP friendly' everywhere the term 'family friendly' is used. For this is what they actually mean. They still think they're a breed apart, a race of superior mortals, for whom the rules that apply to the rest of us don't apply. The public, and the IPSA, think differently. 

And for Cameron's veiled threats to reform or abolish the IPSA if it doesn't give way to his attempted bullying, he should remember that the first initial in the acronym stands for Independent. The IPSA shows every sign of going down fighting, and good for them. They are there to protect our taxes against the venality, greed and peculation of MPs, not make the rules 'MP friendly'.

1 comment:

English Pensioner said...

As I said in my own blog, MPs' expenses should be tied to those payable to civil servants earning equivalent salaries when they are on detachment from home.
Speaking from experience, I can assure them that these are far from "family friendly", eg, a "free" 2nd class rail ticket home every few weeks, provided that you travel in your own time.