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Pig-Hoo-o-o-o-ey! As Lord Emsworth would say.

Grace and favour showdown looms as Speaker fights for pension perk - Times Online
Michael Martin, the Speaker of the House of Commons, is fighting an attempt by Gordon Brown to scrap the “grace and favour” pension that comes with his job, The Times has learnt.

Mr Brown — already embroiled in a pension battle with Lord Falconer of Thoroton — has now opened a second front in his attempts to end generous pay-outs to the State’s most senior servants.

Outgoing Prime Ministers, Speakers and Lord Chancellors are paid an annuity equal to half their salary — currently between £64,000 and £94,000 — regardless of how long they have served. The money, which comes directly from the public purse, is justified on the ground that it helps to “protect the dignity of the ‘Three Great Offices of State’ ”.

Tony Blair became the latest to draw the grace and favour pension when he stood down in June this year. It is believed that the annuity will form the mainstay of his income until he can start drawing his parliamentary pension in about ten years’ time.

As I lean over the gate watching my Gloucester Old Spots fighting and squealing over the last apple in the swill trough my mind sometimes is drawn to Westminster....

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I can see the point of paying it in hopes that it helps keeps the buggers honest while they are in office. But nothing would keep little Blair honest, so it's money down the drain.

"As I lean over the gate watching my Gloucester Old Spots fighting and squealing over the last apple in the swill trough my mind sometimes is drawn to Westminster..."


Are you thinking of errrr changing their diet?

"Never trust a man who owns a pig farm." -- Brick Top (Snatch)

I'm not criticising, mind, just wondering if you'd accept imports.

Rather that feed politicians to the pigs, why not make politicians eat swill (afterall they have long had their snouts in the trough) & then send them to the knackerman.
Just a thought

What a vivid image. I will treasure it as we head into the last few days of the election campaign here in Australia. Australian politicians get very nice indexed pay increases while pushing to keep down civil servant and private sector pay. Their pensions are about 30 percent higher than the private sector.

what a hoot if Brown chose now to stop Bliars pension!!

To those who would throw their masters over the fence: Do not underestimate their viciousness and cunning. Think twice before confining them with such a useful animal as a pig.

There's just one trouble with feeding politicians to swine: The pigs will develop such a taste for it that when you run out, they'll turn to devouring the next closest thing, each other.

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