A snapshot of some of today’s headlines on Nick Clegg’s comments on MPs’ Pay is quite revealing. To refresh your memories, yesterday he told journalists at his new monthly press conference that he wouldn’t take the proposed rise himself, that he couldn’t control what other MPs so, but:
But I think all MPs, whatever status they hold, whatever position they hold, will know from their own constituents that there are millions of people in the United Kingdom at the moment who’ve had a remorseless squeeze on their living standards for some years now and that we’re asking millions of public sector works, in our schools, in our hospitals, to have their pay only increase by 1%. You know, MPs of whatever description at the end of the day are public servants paid by taxpayers. And that’s why I think it would be incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to explain to the public why MPs should be treated at this time so very differently to their constituents.
Just look how differently this is covered by the press:
We’ve always suspected that Daily Mail journalists dip their keyboards in poison before writing about Nick Clegg. This rather backs that theory up.
* Caron Lindsay is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings