pay-rises and pensions of MP’s should be compared to public servants such as nurses

This was published in the yes/no section of the Daily Express’s Reader’s letter’s, so it has been severely abridged.

The original email follows it:

Published:

IN supporting an 11 percent pay rise for MPs, Frederick Forsyth compares their wage with even more grossly overpaid sectors, such as the Civil Service, the BBC and county council bosses.
Why not compare MPs with soldiers, who risk their lives at their behest?
How about nurses, who work truly unsocial hours, dealing with matters that many would find distasteful in the extreme?
Consider that MPs have to serve only five years to get a pension and that ordinary working people have to work decades to achieve a state pension.

Original:

So Fred Forsyth has been persuaded to add to the clamour that Parliamentary voting fodder, should be rewarded for their Party loyalty by being given an extra 11% in pay.
Could he please justify the assertion that IPSA is truly “independent”.
Could IPSA, in turn, please explain how they came up with this figure and then justify it, in terms of the actions taken against soldiers, sailors, police, nurses, firemen and various other public sector workers, who, if they’ve not been made redundant, have had effective cuts in pay, conditions and pensions.
Fred’s comparison with even more grossly overpaid sector’s, is not a justification of further reward for MP’s.
Why not compare them with soldiers, who risk their lives at their behest?
How about nurses, who work hard, truly, unsociable hours, dealing with matters that many would find distasteful in the extreme.
Or consider that MP’s only have to serve 5 years to get a pension (it’d be interesting to know how much) and that ordinary working people have to work 40+ years to achieve a State Pension, equal to 70% of this proposed payrise.
Finally consider that many voters will have to wait an extra Parliamentary term of office to get that miserly sum.

 

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