Now, don't be silly Rod ---- everyone knows that MPs are far more important than soldiers to be wasted on the battlefield - they keep telling us so, and voting themselves massive inflation-busting wage and pension rises to reflect this !!
Or put MPs on performance related pay? You just know that the slimey b'stards are going to oversee under inflation wage "rises" for every public sector worker whilst awarding themselves a 10%+ payrise.
How many days a year do these cockroaches work? is it less than a hundred?
MPs award themselves a website pay rise
Parliamentary committee recommends MP pay rise
By Daniel Griffin 18 Apr 2007
MPs have voted to award themselves a Â£10,000 a year pay rise for new websites as part of their communications allowance. The hike was recommended by a parliamentary committee to improve communication between MPs and taxpayers.
MPs already pocket Â£7,000 for printed communications, which allows for the distribution of constituency newsletters, press releases, petitions, contact cards and hosting of online surgeries. It must not be used for campaigning, fundraising, recruitment of party members or for running surveys and polls.
The extra Â£10,000 is intended to make the content on MPsâ€™ websites more uniform and to help them communicate more openly about their parliamentary activities.
Jack Straw, leader of the Commons, said: â€œThe purpose of this allowance is to contribute to better public understanding of what this parliament is about and what it does.â€
Straw said some material currently found on MPsâ€™ sites would not have been allowed under parliamentary print rules.
After examining a variety of MPsâ€™ websites, Dominic Johnson, managing director of website design agency Miramedia, said: â€œMPsâ€™ websites generally follow the same pattern of content: a biography, parliamentary work and announcements, constituency and national news, and lots of photos. But even the slickest of sites should cost no more than Â£7,000 to set up and around Â£1,000 a year thereafter to maintain.
â€œIf they were to use standard off-the-shelf Web 2.0 technology such as Blogger.com, the sites could provide excellent functionality at a fraction of the price.â€
Liberal Democrat spokesman David Heath added: â€œWe have to be extremely careful when awarding ourselves yet another allowance of substantial size without a clear indication of how the money spent is to the advantage of our constituents rather than us.â€