This is a two-and-a-half-day-old quote from Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, arguing for a hefty increase in MPs' salaries in order to attract the best 'talent'. As you read this, try very hard to remember that MPs already earn more than 95% of the population.
"A man or a woman who's very capable, doing very well in their profession, whatever that may be, with a family, are they going to be willing to take that pay cut, look their children in the eye when it's Christmas, say you can't have what you normally have because Mummy or Daddy wants to be an MP."
Hmmm. Perhaps as Christmas morning draws to a close in the households of MPs, there should be a Generation Game-style conveyor belt scene.
"Well you've had your real presents, Jack and Jenny, but just for fun, let's take a peek at what you COULD have had if only Daddy hadn't sacrificed himself on the altar of public service...
A bottle of Heidsieck Monopole 1907 Champagne!
Garçon à la Pipe by Pablo Picasso!
Five minutes of high tea with Tony Blair!
An Haute Joaillerie diamond-studded watch!
A Gurkha Black Dragon cigar in a camel bone chest!
The 35.56 carat Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond!
A PrestigeHD Supreme Rose TV made of hand-sewn alligator skin!
The services of Geoff Hoon!
Ooooh, didn't you do BADLY?"
How can society be so beastly to these children? Treble MPs' salaries now!