My point has been a consistent one: we are under paying MPs. The result is – as is far too obvious – that we are getting a class of politicians who all too often come from privileged backgrounds, go to Oxford, move to a think tank, are supported by their parents, go into parliament, and have never once been exposed to real life beyond the Westminster bubble. No wonder we have such lousy politicians doing such a poor job for us – including imposing austerity and pay freezes when both are the absolute opposite of what we need.
I have said I want MP’s paid £80,000 – about the average salary of a public sector chief executive – because I want people who have that sort of experience to go to parliament to help make the decisions this country needs. And I want them to do that job and nothing else – so that outside work and fees would simply be banned.
He wants MPs to be more experienced, to have some inkling of the real world of work. Therefore he\’s going to ban MPs having experience of the real world of work.