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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30342948

Politicians are not well paid compared to leaders in the private sector, Tony Blair has warned.

Better salaries would improve the "gene pool" of political leaders, he wrote in an article in the New York Times.

The former Labour prime minister also said too few politicians had real-life experience in positions outside of politics.

The comments came in a wide-ranging piece about the "malaise" in democracies across the world.

"Only an ex-politician can say this - politicians are not really well paid by the standards of the private sector," Mr Blair wrote.

"This restricts the attractions of a political career, at exactly the time when we most need the gene pool of our politicians to be varied, vibrant and vigorous."

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I believe Italy has the highest paid politicians. Higher pay does not equal higher performance. Politicians in this country are significantly over payed relative to the average wage.

Edited by Kondratiev

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Amazing that his opinion on anything still gets published. He has as much credibility as Mr Brown who resigned a couple of days ago.

In Parliament they all just do as they're told at any rate.

At least he seems to agree that the current lots are rubbish and that must include himself.

Edited by billybong

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He employs some curious logic. He says that the problem is that there are too many career politicians without real-life experience, therefore we should make politics pay more to make it a more attractive career choice.

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I believe Italy has the highest paid politicians. Higher pay does not equal higher performance. Politicians in this country are significantly over payed relative to the average wage.

Quite... ;)

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Didn't the Banksters and Tesco (to name a couple) thoroughly debunk the neo-con lie that you have to pay untold millions for 'talent'.

These criminals always use the argument that organisations have to pay the 'market price' for 'talent'. By the way it is not even a market in the Adam Smith sense because the same people manipulate it.

And yet when their own organistions are finding it hard to recruit employees at a level lower than the criminal management classes suddenly 'market forces' are not relevant. So rather than having to find the market price to recruit the people who actually do the work;

They rely on Marxist devices such as Housing benefit, Tax Credits and 'Help to Buy'.

When even these do not work they bleat 'skill shortage' or 'Britons too lazy' and lobby for mass immigration.

They are all just criminals.

Edited by Bill D'arblay

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i did my PhD in physics with a mate i am still in touch with, he is an academic in Canada with almost exactly the same job/responsibilities and publication rate as mine in a university of similar world ranking, he earns precisely twice what i do in a job with a strong international market aspect.

funny how the arguments about paying the market rate never seems to extend to jobs other than politician or banker

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