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Fantastic for wages to be pocket money; VOICE OF THE NORTH.

Byline: MICHAEL HINDMARSH

I AM confused. Am I missing part of a bigger picture? I was always under the impression a person employed received a wage which enabled that person to pay his way in the world.

The wage was supposed to pay his mortgage, utility bills, motoring, house maintenance, food and if there was anything left, something for entertainment and some luxuries. Maybe something could also be put away for a rainy day or retirement.

How come, then, our "honourable" Members of Parliament receive their wages, then can claim for, apparently, everything that us mere mortals have to use our wages for?

It must be fantastic then to have all their wages as pocket money. They can spend some of it on overseas travel and holidays (if they can scramble over each other to get on a few select committees) and save the rest for their retirement.

Oh, sorry, I forgot. We, the taxpayer, pay for all that as well.

MICHAEL HINDMARSH, Alnwick,

Northumberland
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 27, 2008
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