Sunday, 29 June 2008
Watching Adam Boulton. He has just said that MPs get a huge amount of money going through their bank accounts, including their staffing allowances (which forms by far the largest part of our so-called 'expenses', about £100k p.a.). That is just plain wrong. We take on staff, tell the Fees Office how much we want to pay them, and that's the last of it. We don't have to claim each month for their salaries, we don't ever see that money - it gets paid straight to them. There's a debate this Thursday on MPs pay and allowances. I'll be in Bill Committee so will miss it, but the sooner we get this whole system sorted, the better. If Boulton can't get it right, no wonder the public are confused.