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Here’s how politicians betray their real priorities.

MPS faced renewed fury over their long holidays yesterday after it emerged they will get a mammoth 58 days off in just five months. While millions of us toil away trying to kick-start the flagging economy, the nation’s politicians will spend just 46 days working between now and September. The holiday bonanza – the equivalent of nearly 12 weeks – will infuriate many hard-working people who are only entitled to five weeks’ holiday for the whole year. MPs – often absent even when the Commons is sitting judging by pictures of a half-empty chamber – will carry out their Parliamentary duties on just five of the 18 possible working days in April alone.

Perhaps they should be only be paid for the days they actually work? Then again, some might say that the less they work the less damage they can do!!

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16 thoughts on “WORKING NIGHT AND DAY?

  1. Is any accounting of days spent doing constituency work or can these people take days off at their leisure?

    The gravy train still thunders down the track, no wonder so many aspire to get on it!

  2. David Vance –

    Ten months and Belgium is still without a govenment – ten months. The is a nightmare of course, but only for politicians. There greatest fear is that we will realise we don’t need them.

    In Belgium the sky has not fallen, the birds still twitter, the sun rises every morning.

    MPs and ministers and presidents can bugger off for as long as they like, we will just get on with our lives.

  3. Sly dig at the Shinners DV 🙂

    There is more to being an MP than sitting in the chamber and participating in votes etc. Some MP’s work tirelessly for their constituents whilst some (though you tarnish all with the same brush as usual) do very little.

    In the case of Sinn Fein MP’s, they stood as abstentionists so they are mandated to abstain. Their abstentionist role does not preclude them from the priveleges accorded to MP’s or from the remuneration. They do however, as individuals, take home only the average industrial wage.

    Perhaps if you had offered to make a similar gesture when you stood in East Belfast the working class people there might have considered voting for you in greater numbers.

  4. DaithiO –

    Their abstentionist role does not preclude them from the priveleges accorded to MP’s or from the remuneration.

    The abstention does not preclude that, but an MP cannot take their seat (and, hence, then abstain from it) or take a salary without first swearing the Oath of Allegiance to Her Britannic Majesty.

    Since shinner MPs tend to trouser the Crown’s shilling, we can assume they’re in the habit of swearing in, yes?

  5. Pete

    Absolutely NO. They are members of parliament but may not enter the chamber to take their seats unless they swear the Oath of Allegiance to the Queen.

    You use the phrase “trouser the crown’s shilling”. Well yes, the salaries due to MP’s are taken, the Shinner MP’s take the average industrial wage, the balance going into party funds which are of course used to further the republican cause and separation from the Union, and of course from that parliament.

    Revolutionary tactics, until that glorious day…

  6. I might add that the money used helps further the republican cause using solely democratic means, before a dinosaur who wallows in the past suggests that the next First Minister uses it to terrorise innocent Traditionalists.

  7. Not one DUP MP, nor Lady Hermon (surprise, surprise) nor Naomi Long in the chamber the other day as the Prime Minister was questioned on Libya and the Euro stability funds.
    Only Durkan from NI, as far as I could see.
    Disgraceful representation.

  8. DaithiO-

    I hate to break it to you, but:

    Until the oath or affirmation is taken, an MP may not receive a salary, take their seat, speak in debates or vote.

    How can shinner MPs abstain when he’s not allowed to take his seat anyway? But since they abstain and draw a salary, they must have taken the Oath of Allegiance.

    Sounds like your revolutionary brothers are pulling a fast one on you.

  9. >>Sounds like your revolutionary brothers are pulling a fast one on you.<<

    Pete, if you read further in your interesting link, you'll see that all the swearing in is done in the voting chamber, which of course SF MPs have not yet entered.

    They pick up the cash nonetheless. It's a measure of SF's clout that another exception was made to accommodate it here.

  10. Noel Cunningham –

    Yes, in the chamber, in public. It’s a measure of the extent of surrender that the government broke the law for a bunch of two-bob gangsters.

    So, they pick up the cash. The shinners are paid by the British state. Some revolutionaries they turned out to be.

  11. So firstly Pete you admit you were wrong right? They have not and will not pledge allegiance to a foreign head of state, period (I believe is the American way of saying it).

    And taking money from the state you wish to extricate yourself from isn’t revolutionary?

  12. “Then again, some might say that the less they work the less damage they can do!!”

    Was that an Epiphany moment, David? 😉

  13. David, if elected to the assembly as a MLA in May will you be putting aside your business interests to represent the good people of Upper Bann on a full time basis or will you be double jobbing?

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