Greedy to the last
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.