Says Gordon Brown.
Gordon Brown is to warn Sir Christopher Kelly, the man heading the inquiry into the MPs\’ expenses scandal, that his reforms to be unveiled next week must not turn politics into the preserve of the rich.
Well, OK. £65k a year salary does in fact make you one of the rich: certainly in the top 5% of income earners (yes, yes, I know wealth and income, stock and flow) possibly in the top 2%. Add in a rental gratis in London and free travel and, well, yes, that\’s a pretty good screw.
It\’s certainly not going to stop the bloke on median earnings of £25k or so having a go because the money\’s not enough, is it?