Monday 25 September 2017

No mention of cuts to politician perks

The Government's four-year plan makes no mention of cuts in politicians' salaries, expenses and perks which are generally acknowledged to be greatly out of line with comparable countries. Even if this were not the case, if 'ordinary' people already struggling are to take cuts, then leadership must be shown from the top.

What is worrying is that the Opposition parties have not commented on this omission from the plan; and nor are they saying that when they are in government this issue will be tackled. The only suggestion of reform is that there may be ministerial car pooling. And whether that suggestion would have emerged had the public not been outraged by the sight of ministerial Mercs each with one passenger attending a recent cabinet meeting is debatable.

Politicians set their own salaries and expenses. They need to understand that this is unacceptable.

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