The comments on my petition show that a pay rise for MPs, at this apparently desperate economic time, is a huge insult to everyone who has suffered or is still suffering as a result of this current government. From pensioners to public sector workers, nurses to police officers - people across the UK are raising their voices against this rise.
I am agreeable to politicians being paid £71k a year, it is a decent salary for a decent day's work, we should not cut corners here if we value real management leadership, or talent will go elsewhere and do something else - which it clearly is currently. What I am questioning is the quality of the fools taking the cash.
It sounds strange to most people, but there are people out there who are seriously into their politics. I count myself as one of them. I cannot fail to be intrigued by the gladiatorial battles of the British political system. From the latest parliamentary skirmishes over the dispatch box to the clashes in the committee rooms over the fine points of legislation, I am hooked.