I think, on the whole, that I probably agree with Stephen Fry on this.
Yes it's obviously wrong that the MPs have generally been working the system for so long and taking the piss somewhat to top up already quite significant salaries, but there are surely more important things that they should be doing. Like governing and all that.
I think my feeling on this is made more so by getting so annoyed with the continual press coverage/feeding frenzy/outrage orgy and then automatically wanting to go the other way on it.
It's not really news to report that "people don't like it" or "people think it is wrong". Well of course. If asked, people would probably express a preference not to be punched repeatedly in the face.
But I think the worst bit of it all is the over-the-top indignation from the press and the quite amazing level of insinuation they get out of every article.
A prime example is this line (I think from the Indepedent) which strikes me as an incredibly loaded way of saying nothing at all:
Mr Watson, a close ally of Gordon Brown who was forced to deny involvement in the recent Damian McBride email scandal,...
Well, what does that mean? Surely it means that he had nothing to do with it.
Should I get asked tomorrow, I
would also be forced to deny involvement.
On an unrelated geek-moment, in order to stress the "I" in that above bit, I've just wrapped the I in i tags. Not quite sure why that tickles me, but still.