Austerity: We’re in this together, except for politicians

On a day when junior doctors have overwhelmingly voted to strike due to cuts in their pay (1), the Prime Minister seems to have forgotten about the cuts that ‘we’ are supposed to be making. It was announced today that the Prime Minister is to get a brand new plane at a cost to the British taxpayer of £10 million (2). How lovely for him. The argument is that this will save the taxpayers £775,000 a year. OK, so in order to recoup the £10M cost, the Prime Minister would have to use the plane for thirteen years to just break even! This would be without maintenance or repairs. Can you honestly see a Prime Ministers plane lasting 13 years? This is of course, on top of the 10% pay rise for the last year for ministers (3). As pay for ministers in 2010 was – £65K in 2010 (4) to £74K in 2015 (5), ask yourself the following question: Has your pay risen by £9K in the last five years? Here’s another couple of questions to ask yourself

  • Do you know of any other organisation that would allow expenses of £103 million? (6)
  • Do you get a hotel room provided for you if you work late, after the taxpayer has funded your home? (7)
  • Do you think this is fair?

1 – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34859860

2 – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34864328

3 – http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/16/ipsa-goes-ahead-with-10-pay-rise-for-mps

4 – http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-information-office/m05.pdf

5 –  http://parliamentarystandards.org.uk/payandpensions/pages/default.aspx

6 -http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/sep/12/are-uk-mps-really-claiming-more-expenses-now-than-before-the-scandal

7 – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11500757/46-MPs-claim-rent-or-hotels-to-live-in-London-despite-owning-taxpayer-funded-homes-in-capital.html

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Austerity: We’re in this together, except for politicians

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