AS A constituent of former chancellor Alistair Darling I find it astonishing that he earned £263,000 from activities outwith his job as an MP, a sum four times his MP’s salary.
Mr Darling was a minister for the full period of the Blair/Brown Labour administrations, which ended with a huge loss of seats and share of the vote in 2010.
Yet within three years of such a disaster, for which he cannot escape some responsibility, he has managed to improve his material circumstances in a manner to be envied by those faring less well because of his legacy.
Rewards amid failure, it seems to me, clearly don’t just apply to bankers.
Viewforth Gardens, Edinburgh