The whole debate about politicians pay and expenses has raged on and on and been right old farce.
I think the point everyone has missed is that we clearly aren’t paying them enough! The government is effectively the biggest company we have in the UK with the biggest budgets ultimately spending our money.
Yet we entrust it to be managed at the top by a bunch of people who we only deem worth £60K per annum. This is rediculous, and frankly frightening, you will struggle in the commercial world these days to get a decent project manager for £60K let alone someone you could put in charge of a budget of billions. No wonder they are all trying to squeeze the system where they can and the country is a shambles.
The bigger issue though is that we aren’t attracting the best and bright to the job, instead of attracting the best brains from business, science and the arts to government, we end up getting a bunch of idiots who can do no better (well judging by the desire to generate more cash if they could get a better job they would).
We need people running the country who are really bright, know how to make rational decisions and test theories scientifically rather than riding on the wave of public popularity.
Unfortunately none of the suitable candidates are interested in the job because they are off elsewhere earning proper money.