George Galloway savages ‘QUANTUM’ MP wage increase – ‘taxpayer being RINSED’
George Galloway and Mike Graham SLAM MPs wage increase
Mike Graham and George Galloway blasted MPs receiving a wage increase from April, with their pay rising by 2.7 percent. Mr Galloway described the “quantum” of the increase is “absurd”, while Mr Graham argued the British public are being “rinsed”. Former Labour MP Mr Galloway blasted on talkRADIO: “The quantum of the increase is absurd in a situation where their own staff, their own civil service, public sector workers, millions of them flew out the land, are being starved of necessary, desperately necessary, wage increases by the people who are just about to get double what everybody else is getting. I mean if you just state it as plainly as that, it is an outrage. When you do, as you just did, count up over the last six years, it is 30 percent of a wage increase, nearly a third of their already high wages, in just six years.
“In that six years, virtually nobody else has had any increase at all. It is rubbing people’s nose in it, and I have frankly never seen anything like it.”
Radio host Mr Graham agreed: “No I know, because there was a time George, I mean probably even going back to when you were an MP and before that, that there was reasonable pay for a reasonable day’s work in Westminster,
“Nobody objected to it in the way that we do now because it didn’t seem like a rip-off.
“However now when these guys are making approximately £80,000, not one of them thinks that’s a good wage because they then claim a further £50,000 to £100,000 on expenses.”
MP pay rise: Mike Graham argued the British public were being “rinsed”
I don’t feel like I want to be rinsed anymore
Mr Galloway replied: “This is a parliament that is busy apparently to the exclusion of everything else, trying to betray the decision that they gave the British people to make.
“So actually they are spending almost all of their time trying to undo or truss up the entire Brexitprocess.
“It seems to me they do virtually nothing else now in the House of Commons, so ponder this.
“The public that is being betrayed is being asked to pay record amounts of money to the people betraying them.”
Mr Graham concluded: “Well we have a word for that where I come from, and it’s called being rinsed, and I don’t feel like I want to be rinsed anymore.”
Labour MP Kevin Barron also expressed his disapproval of the 2.7 percent pay rise. He said: “I am very disappointed to see that IPSA have this morning awarded MPs a 2.7% pay increase but only 1.5% for parliamentary staff.
“I urge them to look again at the budgets as it cannot be right that the gap is so great.”
A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “The decision taken today is independent of government and Parliament. What government sets are ministerial salaries and they have been frozen since 2010.”
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