Petition for MP's to spend 2 weeks a year living on minimum wage

Wordsmith

LE
Book Reviewer
#1
Here's an interesting petition for everyone to sign on the No. 10 website.

MP's to spend 2 weeks a year on minimum wage - e-petitions

MP's (when allowances are taken into account) have a wage of three times the national average. Many appear to have lost touch with the realities of life for their poorest constituents.

MP's should therefore be required (while parliament is in recess) to spend 2 weeks a year living in basic accommodation, on minimum wage and using only the local services and public transport.

This would focus their attention on the needs and problems of the poorer sections of society. It would give them practical experience of the standard of the services provided by national and local government. And finally, it would give politicians practical experience of the effects and consequences of their decision making.

Such 'front line' experience can only assist MP's of all parties as they seek to aid their constituents and enact legislation.
If this petition gains traction, it would be interesting to see MP's from all parties explain why they should not have to do it.

(And even better if they were shamed into doing it).

So get signing.

Wordsmith
 

Legs

ADC
Book Reviewer
#3
What do you really think it will achieve? The square root of fuck all, that's what.
 

jarrod248

LE
Gallery Guru
#5
Absolutely bugger all, but it might annoy some of them.

And in the extremely unlikely event of it coming to pass, they might actually learn something.

Wordsmith
Yes we'll buy some houses for them to live in for two weeks like poor people? These houses will cost how much?
 
#6
All that would happen is that they would claim for EVERY bit of expenditure like public transport and their food and therefore wouldn't suffer as much as you would like them to. Cunts.
 
#7
It costs nothing to sign the epetition. We pay for the sponging worthless cnuts anyway. Who knows, one of them might choke, get mugged, catch something, die slowly. If we're really lucky, one of them may learn something.

Or die
 
#8
Yes we'll buy some houses for them to live in for two weeks like poor people? These houses will cost how much?
A swop could be arranged. They live in the worst area of Moss Side and the Moss Side family of 10, all on benefits, live in the Dishonourable Members des res.

Imagine what a fucking shit hole he/she would return to. Yes I like the idea.
 
#9
Brilliant! There was a place on Elswick Road in Newcastle that would be ideal. The hand painted sign on the old pallets forming the verandah (?) read Ponda Rosa.

Still hoping one of them would choke. Or get bummed to death
 
#10
Didn't Portillo do this about 2 years ago (with a Black female MP as well?). Yes, it did open some peoples eyes, but here we are suggesting the same thing again. While we pay them a reasonable salary ( be honest, would you put up with the shit and hassle for the money?) they will never understand what goes on in the underbelly of the UK because they will always return to their level of living in a short period of time. I have no time time for the spoiled MPs we put in place, but realistically, this will change nothing.
 
#11
I've signed it, fuck it we'll end up paying for worse shit than this, better we pay for some of these twats to live like normal folk even for a fortnight than pay for a load of asylum seekers to live like kings.
 
#12
MP's are well aware of the poverty that exists up and down the country. It exists in every constituency somewhere and it effects the elderly, the middle aged and the young as well.

This is tokenism and means nothing. I'd sooner petition them to get off their arrses and do something for their poverty effected constituents.
 
#13
Yes because most politicians don't already take a massive pay cut by becoming an MP in the first place.

Get a grip. Or run for office yourself you prick - democracy entitles that right.
 
#14
Couldnt we put them through the sere course or p company?
No practical reason but MPs milling would be a sure crowd pleaser :)
 
#15
I'd rather see them serving two years in Afghanistan.
 
#18
If this was to go ahead, and a similar outcome to the Portillo gig, I fear the lefty mob will just cry for more benefits to be paid to the workshy. The result would be more taxes and more benefit payments. Most would avoid the challenge and the few that would try, mostly due to being too short sighted to get out of it, would be the less capable and less influential. Sadly the mainstream politicos are not that appealing and the fringe alternatives are creeping in but with not much to bring to the party. I am of the opinion that the real power resides with the civil service and the fiefdoms that exist therein.
 
#19
Pointless, unless they start the two week exercise needing the money to stretch to non weekly purchases like toothpaste, dhobi dust, washing up liquid, light bulbs, bleach, toilet rolls etc and they have to put 20 pounds aside to pay for granny's bus fare to look after the kids for the day so they can go for a job interview.

I'm not a flag waver for MP's but what's the point?
 
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