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Re: It's pay rise time again.
« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2019, 11:05:13 AM »
Oh course I read it

I want top people there regardless of their background wealth and you're never going to get it for 300 a day and offer them an accomondation block which I repeat is going to end up like a boarding school.   You may hate our current politicians but you are never going to change that by making it impossible for decent people with any brain to replace them

As for you experience of staying in London did you do it day after day after day, week after week?

You are conflating two completely separate issues.

1) How the lords are funded. I've already stated in my earlier post that I'd be perfectly happy to pay a salary commensurate with the position if the 'lords' (or whatever the second house was called) were elected and the place not just stuffed full of political place men. Remember, MPs get 80K a year and look at the shower of shite sitting in the HoC at the moment - paying a decent salary (plus expenses and subsidised food & booze) is obviously no guarantee of getting the 'right' people.

2) Provision of accommodation. The justification for the second home allowance and the need to increase the daily allowance for the lords is because they have to sit late at night, the poor dears. So why not provide them with suitable secure accommodation for when they need to do so? Why should the taxpayer subsidise a second home or give an allowance so that they can stay in a five star hotel? Remember, MPs earn 80K a year...?

As for me, yes I did stay up in town for long periods when the job demanded it, I pulled a few 'overnighters' too installing systems in city firms...

And remember, thousands of those taxpayers commute every single day into the smoke at their own expense with no second-home allowance or subsidised hotels - many of them earning significantly less than MPs.
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Re: It's pay rise time again.
« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2019, 11:19:26 AM »
So a member of the House of Lords from say Leeds has to stay night after night in an accomodation block?

That's just beating up future members because you hate the current ones
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Re: It's pay rise time again.
« Reply #17 on: June 09, 2019, 11:35:17 AM »
So a member of the House of Lords from say Leeds has to stay night after night in an accomodation block?

That's just beating up future members because you hate the current ones

I didn't say 'accommodation block' nor 'boarding school', you did. ::)

I said 'hotel type' accommodation which could have all the facilities (interwebz, secretarial, etc.) that they need and could ensure their security in these violent times.

But yes, why shouldn't our representative be prepared to commute long distances - plenty of ordinary people do that every single day of their working lives - and they work a damn site more than 141 days a year too!

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What are the sitting (meeting) hours of the House of Lords?

The hours of business in the House of Lords Chamber are generally:

Mondays and Tuesdays from 2.30pm
Wednesdays from 3pm
Thursdays from 11am
some Fridays from 10am

The House usually sits until 10-11pm, occasionally much later and sometimes all night.

How many days does the House of Lords sit in a session?
Session 2016-17: 141 days

How long is the average sitting day in the House of Lords?
Session 2016-17: average daily hours sat = 6 hours 38 minutes

How many late sittings (after 10pm) were there last session?
Session 2016-17: 31

The poor dears eh...? ::)
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Re: It's pay rise time again.
« Reply #18 on: June 09, 2019, 11:44:33 AM »
So a member of the House of Lords from say Leeds has to stay night after night in an accomodation block?

That's just beating up future members because you hate the current ones

I didn't say 'accommodation block' nor 'boarding school', you did. ::) . . .
Actually you did by saying 'quite' to Grumpy's post that suggested it and criticising me for challenging the idea

https://www.virtual-pub.com/SMF/index.php?topic=13610.msg659651#msg659651

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Re: It's pay rise time again.
« Reply #19 on: June 09, 2019, 12:01:12 PM »
And now the House of Lords wants an increase of almost 200 a day for the attendance allowance so that they can afford hotel prices in London.

Tell you what, when the police ,NHS, education and MOD have enough money to function properly then we will consider letting you have more of our hard earned taxes. Until then you can do what those of us who live in the real world do and stay in cheaper hotels like a Premier Inn instead of the 5 star hotels you feel entitled to at our expense.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7112541/Peers-complain-300-day-tax-free-allowance-inadequate.html
Is this the Commons?  Yep so a serious comment

First instinct of everyone (incl me) is to go  noooo: at such but then think it through

Do I want a two house parliament?  yes
Does the HofL by and large function OK as such?  yes
Do I want it the less than filthy rich to be motivated and able to be active members?  yes
And those that live outside the M25?  yes

So make sure they are properly recompensed for when they put in a full day's House of Lording and since they receive no salary maybe this isn't too unreasonable
 

Yes but, no but...

I think what you say is largely true...

However...

The Lords is packed full of political place men and bishops FFS - over seven hundred of the bastards!  eeek:

I doubt if any of them are finding it hard to pay their bills on a day-to-day basis, like the Commons, most of them are completely removed from the day-to-day lives of those they control through their actions.

Yes, I think a second house is a good idea...

But I think is should be elected, not chosen by our political masters. Perhaps via a PR system rather than FPTP so that it doesn't just become a replica of the other house... Perhaps then it might contain some members that do know what it is like to be living in 21st Century UK.

And then, yes for sure pay a wage commensurate with that position.
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Re: It's pay rise time again.
« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2019, 12:01:46 PM »
So a member of the House of Lords from say Leeds has to stay night after night in an accomodation block?

That's just beating up future members because you hate the current ones

I didn't say 'accommodation block' nor 'boarding school', you did. ::) . . .
Actually you did by saying 'quite' to Grumpy's post that suggested it and criticising me for challenging the idea

https://www.virtual-pub.com/SMF/index.php?topic=13610.msg659651#msg659651

No, as you rightly say, Grumpy said it... ::)

My agreeing with the sentiment of the post does not imply 100% agreement with every tiny detail, that is just being pedantic... Grumpy also said in an earlier post that Premier Inn type accommodation was acceptable.
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Re: It's pay rise time again.
« Reply #21 on: June 09, 2019, 12:02:09 PM »
And now the House of Lords wants an increase of almost 200 a day for the attendance allowance so that they can afford hotel prices in London.

Tell you what, when the police ,NHS, education and MOD have enough money to function properly then we will consider letting you have more of our hard earned taxes. Until then you can do what those of us who live in the real world do and stay in cheaper hotels like a Premier Inn instead of the 5 star hotels you feel entitled to at our expense.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7112541/Peers-complain-300-day-tax-free-allowance-inadequate.html
Is this the Commons?  Yep so a serious comment

First instinct of everyone (incl me) is to go  noooo: at such but then think it through

Do I want a two house parliament?  yes
Does the HofL by and large function OK as such?  yes
Do I want it the less than filthy rich to be motivated and able to be active members?  yes
And those that live outside the M25?  yes

So make sure they are properly recompensed for when they put in a full day's House of Lording and since they receive no salary maybe this isn't too unreasonable
 

Yes but, no but...

I think what you say is largely true...

However...

The Lords is packed full of political place men and bishops FFS - over seven hundred of the bastards!  eeek:

I doubt if any of them are finding it hard to pay their bills on a day-to-day basis, like the Commons, most of them are completely removed from the day-to-day lives of those they control through their actions.

Yes, I think a second house is a good idea...

But I think is should be elected, not chosen by our political masters. Perhaps via a PR system rather than FPTP so that it doesn't just become a replica of the other house... Perhaps then it might contain some members that do know what it is like to be living in 21st Century UK.

And then, yes for sure pay a wage commensurate with that position.
Agreed

I knew I should have framed this moment  ;D

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Re: It's pay rise time again.
« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2019, 07:39:03 PM »
I was thinking less boarding school and more well equipped and secure hotel style accomodation for both Lords and MP's as once built the maintenance and staff costs would still be lower than the amount being paid yearly to cover the same costs with the current system.
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