Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

"Lord Irvine Rejects [Pounds Sterling]22,000 Pay Rise". (Don't Believe It)

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

"Lord Irvine Rejects [Pounds Sterling]22,000 Pay Rise". (Don't Believe It)

Article excerpt

It is still difficult to believe that the Lord Chancellor was initially given a [pounds sterling]22,000 salary increase at the same time that troops and teachers were being given virtually nothing. What is even more unbelievable than awarding him an increase in the first place is the idea that he himself decided not to take it. The Downing Street spin-doctors must think that we are all idiots. The Lord Chancellor would take a [pounds]100,000 pay rise if he thought he could get away with it.

This is a man who loves the high life and doesn't give a stuff what we the voters think. The reason for that is simple - he isn't elected. In 1997, for the first time ever, Labour's election manifesto didn't have a commitment to abolish this outdated lob, and that was because Blair wanted to give it to his mate.

Irvine may be seen as a comic character but what he does is not funny. …

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