Greedy Tories

In their own words...

Here is a "senior Tory" quoted in the Guardian this morning, commenting on speculation that a Prime Minister Cameron would cut ministerial salaries from £144,520 to a meagre £124,581:

The thinking for most was that we would give up our second jobs until after the election, only a few months, and in that period get a loan to cover the lost earnings. But David's plans for after the election have changed that and some of us are wondering whether we can still afford to be in politics. I have friends who are senior lawyers or work in the City and they are earning much more than me.

And here, of course, are the now-infamous comments from Alan Duncan, shadow leader of the Commons, as revealed - and secretly filmed - by activist Heydon Prowse:

No one who has done anything in the outside world will ever come into this place ever again, the way we are going."

...Basically, it's being nationalised, you have to live on rations and are treated like shit.

Is it any wonder that so many of us think the Tories haven't changed at all, despite the rebranding and sugar-coating exercise under David Cameron, and that they're still basically a bunch of rich, greedy, arrogant, out-of-touch elitists?

 

 

Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.

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Police shoot man in parliament

A man carrying what appeared to be a knife was shot by armed police after entering the parliamentary estate. 

From the window of the parliamentary Press Gallery, I have just seen police shoot a man who charged at officers while carrying what appeared to be a knife. A large crowd was seen fleeing from the man before he entered the parliamentary estate.

After several officers evaded him he was swiftly shot by armed police.

Ministers have been evacuated and journalists ordered to remain at their desks. 

More follows. Read Julia Rampen's news story here.

Armed police at the cordon outside Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Getty

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.