DID you know that many Members of Parliament feel they are underpaid and should have a 32 per cent increase in their salaries? This is the finding in a survey of MPs carried out by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA). To the 69 per cent of members who thought this, I’d just like to say: “Join the queue”.
We’d all love 32 per cent. Or 20 per cent. Or even 10 per cent.
Luckily, the IPSA decreed their salaries should remain in line with the one per cent public sector cap.
n IF, after that disclosure, you feel like telling politicians to ‘go elsewhere’, it might be appropriate to discuss BOGOFs.
Actually, in this case it’s Buy One Get One Free that I’m bringing to your attention, the subject of my second grump. These so-called special offers often mean you staggering home with twice the load you wanted or needed – including millions of satsumas that no one is ever going to eat.
I recently needed a small gift box in a hurry, but I could only find a packet of five flat boxes in The Works. It contained various shapes and sizes and was £1.99.
At the till, I was informed sternly that this product was ‘two for the price of one’ and I was sent scurrying back to get another pack that I didn’t want.
So that was 10 boxes I took home. Why couldn’t I have just bought the one I wanted – for 20p?
n OTHER people’s rules can be very irritating but, occasionally, it is vital that we sit up and digest important information.
On aeroplanes, they know we won’t read the vital bumf before take off, so provide us with arm-waving stewardesses to mime the safety instructions for us.
Not all officialdom is po-faced though. Mr F and I were staying in a hotel recently when we spotted a notice in our room which made us laugh.
“To keep you safe, we make sure our alarms are very sensitive,” it said. “If you do smoke in your room, please be aware that we’ll all end up in the car park in our smalls.”
Now that I like!
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