Greedy to the last

Daily Mail - - News -

TAX­PAY­ERS are right to be in­censed that de­feated or re­tir­ing MPs, in­clud­ing some of the most egre­gious ex­penses cheats in the Rot­ten Par­lia­ment, are be­ing of­fered ‘re­set­tle­ment grants’ of up to £65,000 each.

Leave aside that the worst of­fend­ers should be pay­ing us back tens of thou­sands, in­stead of help­ing them­selves to yet more.

Why should even hon­est MPs, whether they’re sacked by the vot­ers or stand down vol­un­tar­ily, be en­ti­tled to a penny at the end of the fixed-term con­tracts they’re awarded at each elec­tion?

Like sec­ond home al­lowances and gold­plated pen­sions, this ex­tra­or­di­nary perk sets MPs yet fur­ther apart from the peo­ple they’re paid to rep­re­sent.

If the new in­take are se­ri­ous about clean­ing up pol­i­tics, they’ll scrap it.

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