A newly released poll indicates that the majority of pensioners reject special protection from the impact of public spending cuts. As one of that group, I agree entirely that we should not be immune, given the “all in it together” approach to necessary austerity.
But one very distinct group exempts itself from this togetherness – the very parliamentarians who are overseeing the imposition of these cuts.
Only a few months ago, with the general public suffering hardship and loss of employment, our MPs were demanding a huge salary increase, and although that hasn’t so far materialised, it’s a fair indication of what will be their priorities when the country’s finances improve.
There is also massive over- manning in parliament which should make it the first priority in job-cutting as a means of saving. The House of Lords – a secondary revising chamber – actually has more members than the Commons.
At a tax-free £300 a day, they should be the first target for redundancy, which itself would involve no pay-off, since they are not salaried.
In fact, we should abolish the whole establishment. It is, after all, a glaring instance of present unaffordable extravagance.
All that is required in their place is a small group of legal experts to ensure that legislation is in keeping with relevant laws; it would be too much to expect a means of supervision by business or the public.
Let government then govern as election entitles them to do.
Above all, there should be no more cuts of any kind until our “leaders” lead by example.