Tuesday, May 6, 2008

MPs See Through Official Inflation Figures Fiddling

Secret 25% Pay Rise for MPs

When it comes to awarding their own pay rises, it seems that MPs aren't fooled at all by the government's official CPI based "fiddle it to make it seem low at all costs" inflation figure. Many of them obviously do their own shopping, and have witnessed the same tub of margarine rising in price from £0.85 to £1.11 in about 5 months, as I have just done at my lunchtime shop at Tesco. Obviously the police, teachers, nurses, etc are just expected to down-grade to inferior brands of margarine.

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19 thoughts on “MPs See Through Official Inflation Figures Fiddling

  • It’s about time we took a lead from the French and got out on the streets.

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  • little professor says:

    Meanwhile:

    The Royal College of Nurses is considering withdrawing its backing for the negotiated three-year pay deal for nurses, if inflation continues to rise. They had previously agreed to a 2.75% rise this year, with 2.4% in 2009 and 2.25% in 2010.
    However with RPI running at 3.8%, the College say they will withdraw their support if inflation does not fall back to the 3% level predicted by the government.

    RCN head of employment relations Josie Irwin said the union would activate a clause to reopen pay talks if government inflation predictions proved even fractionally inaccurate. ‘If the RPI was 3.2 per cent at Christmas and looked like staying still, we would go to the Pay Review Body.’ She said this could apply even at 3.1 per cent.

    Asked to guarantee that the DoH would honour the inflation clause, health secretary Alan Johnson told the RCN Congress in Bournemouth last week that there was ‘no force on earth’ that would stop the deal being reworked if inflation demanded it.

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  • I think many of us questioned the thinking of the Unions in agreeing 3 year pay deals at the time, considering how dodgy the inflation figures looked. How interesting that this pay deal was put in place for 3 years and already, after a few weeks, it’s looking dodgy. Labour are useless.

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  • Wiltshire – you are absolutely right. The honest joe is working hard to pay the big bonuses of people who do very little yet manage to muck up so much. Banking bosses, politicians etc. It’s about time we borrowed the guillotine.

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  • @Wiltshire
    Trouble is all all the security apparatus put in place under the guise of the so called ‘war on terror’ will be used against us to quell even the slightest sign of protest..Eric Hobsbawn long argued that capitalism was inimical to democracy and the repression to come in the next decade willl surely bear that out..done my little bit and joined Liberty so no doubt on MI5’s subversive database now.

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  • Unions were stupid to broker a three year deal without knowing where inflation was going. The problem with union leaders is they should save some of the energy they expend on angst and bitterness, and learn just a little more about inflation and cycles. Not saying they should make themselves economists but if I had a union leader who was trying to broker a three year deal, I would be horrified.

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  • If Public Service people like the Police and Nurses pay rises are one of the main drivers of inflation and we are told that they must be kept low, then surely if they give then a big pay rise then this will kick start the economy again!

    Or does it not work like that?

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  • Some of you regular visitors might recall (when we go slightly off topic) that I mentioned a few times before that the MP’s from all parties are now (IMO) a 600+ gentlemans club – no one rocks the boat and we the voters have no “real” choice as to me they more or less now all sing from the same hymn sheet. I wonder what John Lennon what be singing about now if he were still alive ….. a working class hero is something to be to make your self rich just become an MP.

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  • Denzil I agree, the fact that the government were offering a three year deal was telegraphing to the unions the inflationery intentions of the government but some how the unions couldn’t see this.

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  • Or Johnny might have said:

    You say you want a revolution
    Well, you know, we all want to turf them out
    You tell me it’s one big delusion
    Well, you know they make me wanna scream and shout!

    But when you talk about about destruction, don’t you know that you can count me out – in.

    Not sure it’s gonna be, alright
    We can’t just let it be, alright
    There’s a better way for you and me, alright

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  • letthemfall says:

    Bear in mind that this is the Express, so talk of secret pay rises has to viewed with circumspection. However, we know that most MPs want a big pay rise and that historically they are good at getting them (since they vote themselves their rises). It amuses me when they say they earn less than company directors. Funnily enough, so do I (and my qualifications are better than a typical MP’s – though naturally I am not as important); no doubt plenty of HPCers earn less too. What do we want? A 25% pay rise – now.

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  • greytornado says:

    Pigs in the trough……………..Disgraceful.

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  • @Mr Mcmickey
    Very good point..but toeing the establishment line explains why, in part, so many union leaders end up on easy street in the House of Lords/Quango when their members finally see sense and kick them out and/or they retire…only Arthur Scargill hasn’t gone down this route which is why he was so pilloried by just about everyone. You can question his judgement but he was not a careerist/in it for himself. The media play their part by calling these other leaders ‘radical’ or ‘left wing’ because of their occasional rhetoric, but it is just a game being played out..

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  • Now most decisions of significance are made in Europe and all our MP’s in Westminster have to do is dream up petty legislation surely they should be paid less not more.

    The other solution would be to halve the number of MP’s and give the ones left a 25% rise for the extra work!

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  • Membership at parliament should be the same as Jury service.

    You do a couple of months service, then go back to work and pay for what you have voted for.

    As it would be a democracy by design, it would save a fortune not having to hold elections, and bomb-proof pensions would be obsolete too.

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  • Enough Already says:

    Can’t we do something to stop this? After all we voted these ‘people’ in so why can’t we show them how displeased we are with their ‘snouts in trough’ attitude? I’m begining to supsect bromide in the water to ‘calm’ us all down!
    If MPs feel they need a 25% pay rise, then how on earth are people working in the private sector expected to manage? Many haven’t had a pay rise for years!!!

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  • This 25% is to replace the second housing allowance. Now they will still be able to buy the second house with public money but just say ‘it’s coming out of my wages’. Status quo achieved.

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  • signing the petitions might do some good and e-mailing the links to public sector workers we all know to sign up to might do some good.

    Maybe starting a petition to end the MP’s final salary scheme might be another good one.

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  • it_is_going_with_a_bang says:

    Disgraceful bunch of thieves.

    Surely the whole point of scrapping the allowance for a second home was because it is not justifiable for Joe public so why should it be for them.
    And … they are not company directors they are elected politicians. If they wanted directors wages then guess what … they should be a director.

    Gordon Brown is making a good start showing people he cares. LoL.

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