Letter: The wrong MPs

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The wrong MPs

Sir: What is all this about paying MPs more in order to attract the "kind of people we want"? The kind of people who are motivated by money seem to me to be precisely the wrong kind of people.

Salaries for MPs were introduced in order to allow ordinary people who had intelligence and a calling but no independent means to take up parliamentary seats. The idea that worthy people with high ideals, who are prepared to forgo large earnings to pursue those ideals, are no more than monkeys who will accept peanuts is a sad comment on a society which sees no value in personal integrity or sacrificial service.


St Albans, Hertfordshire