Saw that- it was just after the bit where he was pontificating about the police- what experience does he have of policing?
He didn't answer either when asked if he would refuse any extra pay. Not that I'm against a pay increase for MPs, it would be ridiculous if a council chief exec was paid more that the local MP- many are paid more than the Prime Minister. I'm also in favour of MPs carrying out extra-curricular paid work but I think that every non-executive directorship should be balanced by some sort of charitable undertaking, which I know some do already.
Free house in London - anybody else would be taxed on that.
Free travel to work - see above
Five million quid subsidy for food and booze in Parliament - See Eric Joyce
Attendance is optional - See Gordon Brown, George Galloway, Nadine Dorries, Stuart Bell etc etc
Since MPs are there to serve the Electorate (i.e. the Public) - shouldn't that make them Public Sector Workers; similar to the Civil Service? That being the case, their pay should be aligned with and rise in accordance with the Public Sector. Currently about 1% IIRC. ePetition signed.
The quorums in those places also make interesting reading, in both houses in the USA it is two thirds, in the commons it is 40 mp's (less than 10%), and in the lords it is 30 (less than 5%)...good work if you can get it.