April 06, 2008

Politicians' Expense Claims

For those interested, Matt Sinclair did a rather good radio interview on Radio 4 recently about this subject (it is about 26 minutes in to the program). He lucidly explains the two main points, that MPs must live like ordinary citizens and therefore not be shielded from rising prices by an expenses system and furthermore that openness can only be a good thing when it comes to Parliamentary expenditure. Both are good points.

6 comments:

Des said...

What is good for the goose I say.

Semaj Mahgih said...

Don't entirely agree with Matt on this. I think they should be privileged and yet give back more as well.

lettersfromatory said...

I think MPs should have some expenses but we really need to curb the lavish expenditure that some of them engage in.

Gracchi said...

Semaj what they should pay more tax? Please explain...

Letters I agree entirely MPs should have expenses- the normal kind that the rest of us have- say for train journeys conducted because of work- and the rest of your comment is right too.

Vino S said...

As always, I do think we need to look at comparative figures and see if there is comparability. I actually think that, compared to equivalent jobs in the private sector, MPs have less salaries and, perhaps, less of certain expenses - although they do get a 2nd home allowance that I doubt anyone else gets.

Gracchi said...

Well I'm not sure about that in some cases Vino though its an interesting question. I do think that MPs lives are made more complicated by the fact that they are self employed nad then charge their staff as expenses to the House of Commons- personally I think their staff ought to be paid centrally and directly by the Commons which would abolish that allowance.