02 July, 2010

The wages of sin

After what was described as an 'extraordinarily quick' debate, the parliamentarians of Kenya have voted themselves substantial pay rises. With allowances they can now earn $126,000, more than 170 times the national average wage. The Prime Minister will earn 10% more than the US President.

It is as if British MPs had awarded themselves £3.5 million each.

The case in favour of this, and there is one, is that if they are well paid they will be less susceptible to corruption.

That however assumes their behaviour is going to be properly policed.

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