Here’s what else John Key and Bill English* just dropped into your Christmas stocking this week: a pay rise for every MP. Every single one of them.
While many people struggle financially at Christmas, politicians will be enjoying early holiday cheer with a pay rise.
The independent Remuneration Authority has again made an end of year recommendation for a pay increase for the MPs.
Prime Minister John Key said said today he was comfortable with politicians getting more in their pay packets this year.
While you and I get a tax rise from this creep—in a week in which they hope you won’t notice and won’t remember by next year—the overpaid Beehive bludgers give themselves a pay rise. Perhaps as a reward for all their excellent work this year? [Insert
What a fucking disgrace.
Oh yes, and their pay rise will be backdated, “giving politicians a Christmas lump sum.”
Words fail me.
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* Don’t give me that bullshit about how the “Remuneration Authority” is “independent”—they’re about as independent as the Treasury, whose fictional projections of rapidly-falling unemployment and balanced budgets by 2014/15 would be laughable if not so obviously shilling for the government. If Bill and John wanted the pay rise annulled, they could stop it by the flick of a pen. Instead, Key has “written back [to the Authority] saying in principle we're comfortable” with the recommended pay rise.
Is he really that desperate for MPs’ votes?