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Whilst Rome burns……..


Shameless MPs have reluctantly agreed to give up some of their lavish perks – but only in return for a massive pay rise.

This could mean their basic wage of £63,291 would rise immediately to more than £100,000.

Support is gathering in Westminster for MPs to be given a ‘proper’ salary in return for scrapping their second-home allowance.

The perk – which allows them to claim £24,000 a year for mortgage interest payments, utilities bills and similar expenses – has become a longstanding source of controversy amid claims that it is being widely abused.

Employment minister Tony McNulty, who is facing an investigation after claiming £60,000 in expenses for his parents’ home, is leading the calls for a pay rise.

A government whip also became embroiled in the expenses row today after claiming thousands of pounds for a second London home despite already having one within 10 miles of Westminster.

The Government have the nerve to moan about Fred Goodwin in an effort to deflect from their own greed.

Yet whilst Rome burns…………………..

For all you number crunchers out there……..

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

The only significance is that it is unusual and I liked it. Perhaps I could get an allowance for it ?


9 Responses

  1. if you write 142857 and multiply by 2…285714
    if you write 142857 and multiply by 3…428571
    if you write 142857 and multiply by 4…571428

    Boredom can creep in though…

    Multiply 142857 by 7 though….

  2. I completely disagree with MPs getting a larger salary in exchange for a housing allowance.

    If an MP NEEDS a second home, then the rent should be paid – rent not mortgage. Staying with relatives would gain an allowance, but a lesser one.

    The issue, though, is whether the MP actually needs the second home. I’d say that no MP with a London constituency needs one, and the same could be said for most of those with constituencies in the Home Counties.

  3. On a clover, if alive, erupts a vast, pure evil: a fire volcano.

  4. a palindrome, by any other name, would smell the same, so you change the name but the game’s the same, another way to milk the pay.

  5. Absolute disgrace.

  6. I agree with all above and they will never be satisfied they want their snouts buried in the trough and am surprised they can still breath the snouts are so deep in.

  7. A Travel Lodge and a little thief next door to HOC should do the trick with £49 per night and enough spends for an Olympic Breakfast and a cup of tea. It’s good enough for the majority of the population so should be good enough for the MPs they even get a nice desk with a lamp for any work they have to do..
    I commend it to the House.

  8. pchawkeye. Hear hear!

    If our troops abroad can put up with tents whilst under fire, our ‘leaders’ could show some spine…..

  9. Good idea, pchawkeye! …. and anyway, with fewer late night sittings, many could go home … What happens to the second mortgages when governments change and people get voted out, losing the need for second homes?…. Up to now, no doubt a nice killing has been made with the increase in the past in property prices…. could we soon see double negative equity?
    Yes.. go for it: Travel Lodge + Little Chef and keep the ‘tourist industry’ going

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