I really don’t buy into the national obsession of hating on MPs for getting pay rises. Most people have no idea what MPs actually do. No idea how busy their lives are. No idea how many hours they have to put in. No idea how little of their families they get to see. We just hate MPs and look at the pathetic amount we get paid and their amounts with all the jealousy of the working poor eyeing up welfare cheques for beneficiaries.
Negative egalitarianism is a cultural trait and it extends to our political leadership.
I believe MPs should get pay rises so that they are inoculated from bribes and I believe their pay rises should be matched for everyone else.
The only reason Key is ramming through this legislation to stop MPs from gaining a pay rise is because David Farrar has done the over night polling and shown that the grumpy middle are throwing a tantrum over MPs getting more money and because Key has to negotiate some huge public service contracts and can’t have the Unions holding up his pay rise as something they should gain as well.
Key’s decision to cut back on MP pay so he can pay public servants even less is as craven and self interested as his decision to re-invade Iraq.