I have just had a mass deputation of the staff at Total Politics asking for an attendance allowance. In addition to their salaries, they would quite like an attendance allowance just for turning up to work. Just joking, but this seems to be the logic the Prime Minister is deploying in order to provide compensation for abolishing the second home allowance. Will the electorate really wear that?It appears completely abitrary. In theory an MP who lives with a relation rent free at the moment could in the future trouser £15k per annum. Nice work if you can get it.
This whole package looks like a dog's breakfast. Sir Christopher Kelly was right to say that quick fixes rarely work.