Boris urged to force ALL MPs and Whitehall staff to take 20% pay cut as lockdown 2.0 looms

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Political commentator Mike Graham of TalkRadio and Nigel Farage argued civil servants and MPs should see a 20 percent pay cut. Mr Graham argued that if the Government chooses to enforce a lockdown they should also feel some of the financial weight of that decision. Mr Farage agreed and insisted there needed to be a radical change in the UK political system.

Mr Graham said: “It is quite staggering because we still see the polling that gets done by these polling companies like YouGov.

“They say 70 percent of people in this country would like to see a lockdown.

“They add that 40 percent of them want to see the lockdown be made even more difficult.

“I said to Andrew Bridgen this morning, who seems to have swallowed the Kool-Aid after a visit to Downing Street, I said he should take 20 percent pay cut.

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“I said he should also propose a Bill in Parliament for all civil servants to take a 20 percent pay cut so they can feel the same pain that ordinary private individuals are feeling.”

Mr Farage insisted that this was unlikely to happen any time soon.

He said: “I wouldn’t hold your breath on that one.

“The great thing through all of mankind is the ruling classes look after themselves and if the rest starve then that is just okay.

“It is not good enough and we need a radical shake-up and change of the UK political system.”

Under the first lockdown restrictions MPs were put under pressure to take a pay cut due to the difficulties brought on due to coronavirus.

A petition was submitted to the UK Government and Parliament entitled: “MPs to take a 10 percent pay cut until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in the UK.

“Whilst the UK is in lockdown/restrictions, all MPs to take a 10 percent pay cut.

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“Increasing to 15 percent at the start of 2021, should restriction still be in place.

“No tax write-offs should be authorised during this period.”

This petition was ultimately rejected, the reason being it was about something that the UK Government or Parliament is not responsible for.

The UK Government and Parliament aren’t responsible for setting MPs’ pay. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is responsible for deciding on MPs’ expenses and pay. IPSA is independent of both Parliament and Government.

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