Politics 14 August 2009 Greedy Tories In their own words... Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up 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? › Obama should rue the day he appointed Clinton 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. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!