Aren’t a lot of Tories on the take?
Check out this message showing Tories who can earn up to £400,000 from their second jobs:
These are 30 Conservative MP's who earn up to £400,000 each on 2nd Jobs as well as the £82,000 we pay them pic.twitter.com/eTZEVx1Xqa
— Patricia Clarke (@Patrici89225734) November 10, 2021
Goodness! John Redwood, Damian Green, Andrew Mitchell, Chris Grayling (really? Did somebody really want their business to fail)… Iain Duncan Smith…
Let’s look at Iain Duncan Smith.
Iain Duncan Smith does not need an £82k MP salary and a £25k second job
As he said, he could live on £53 a week.
— Jon Jones (@JonJonesSnr) November 10, 2021
Good point, that. He said he could live on £53 a week – talking the talk.
But he’s got a second job worth £25,000 per year. So he doesn’t walk the walk. What a surprise.
And guess what?
Ian Duncan-Smith chaired a task force that recommended approving non-alcohol based hand sanitizer in the UK, but he "forgot to mention" that he's employed by the main supplier of the said product to the NHS.https://t.co/l1uFiK6dwx
— Simon Bye 🎪🔶 (@UB5simon) November 9, 2021
That’s probably even more corrupt than Owen Paterson.
So why isn’t the man we call RTU (Return To Unit) being Returned To his family Unit (they always quit saying they’re spending more time with their family), never to return?
Is it because the Tory media have decided that Owen Paterson was the sacrificial lamb and now the Tories have “suffered enough” (another media claim)?
Or is it because his “broader experience” in selling non-alcoholic hand sanitiser to the government of which he has been a member is supposed to benefit the nation – as Sajid Javid’s roles advising banking giant JP Morgan and artificial intelligence firm C3.ai benefited the nation because it gave him broader experience?
Hilarious. Sajid Javid arguing that his "external interests" may not benefit his Bromsgrove constituents, but the nation benefits when MPs have broader experience. When it suits them they argue from the national perspective; when it doesn't, they say it's a constituency matter.
— Dominic Minghella (@DMinghella) November 10, 2021
But, but, but… Javid only advised these outside organisations on matters in which he already has knowledge and experience (although not very much in the case of banking; he’s allegedly one of the damned fools behind the Great Recession of 2008 or thereabouts).
The nation would be better-off without him getting in the works and stinking them up, wouldn’t it?
All in all, Skwawkbox’s suggestion seems wise:
Here's an idea: ban second jobs, keep MPs' salary where it is – and any MP who isn't happy can resign his/her seat and go find another job while people genuinely interested in serving their constituents stand instead… pic.twitter.com/ZpQ3VfwTD6
— The SKWAWKBOX (@skwawkbox) November 10, 2021
Will the Tories ever willingly take it up?
And it’s not because of any flannel about helping the government with outside expertise.
It is simply because they are all on the take. They should all be in prison, not on the Green Benches.
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