Thursday, 7 January 2010
At last, a positive suggestion from this blog.
Regardless of any watering down by Sir Ian Kennedy's Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, one simple proposal for making MP's living expenses both transparent and more acceptable is just not getting sufficient attention. Do away with the second home allowance altogether and provide a MP's hostel within walking distance of Westminster. Accommodation could be simple but comfortable. An old fashioned Hall Porter could be installed downstairs. " 'evening Sir Peter, bit parky out innit". I see it all. Slight smell of boiled fish wafting up from somewhere in the bowels of the building. Garish patterned worn carpet. Constable prints, even a Green Lady. We need to get this sorted now. Further suggestions for the MP's Hostel welcome.