So the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority wants to increase the basic salary of MPs from its current annual rate of £66,396 to £74,000 in 2015 - an increase of £7,604.
This figure of £7604 is more than many people in Fenland have to live on for a whole year.
MPs should be paid the national average wage of £26,000 a year. Nothing more, nothing less. If they want more, they should get the average up.
They should also take note of Labour MPs Terry Fields and Dave Nellist who, between 1983 and 1992, lived on the average wage of a Liverpool fire-fighter and of a Coventry factory worker, respectively.
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