We asked you:
Should MPs get a pay rise?
The choices were and the voting was as follows:
No: 143 votes (90%)
Yes, 11% is about right: 3 (1%)
Yes, but less than 11%: 11 (6%)
Yes, more than 11%: 5 (3%)
A total of 158 people voted (which is odd, because if you add the totals up, 143 + 3 + 11 + 5 = 162)
So blogger has messed up the arithmetic somewhere along the way.
But Ok, we will assume that 162 people voted and that the percentages (which also look a little strange [if 3 =1%, then 5 should not be 3%, and 11 should not be 6%]) are rounded up or down.
I doubt that anyone would be particularly surprised that 90% voted against any pay rise at all, when almost no one else is. If there is any surprise it will be that as many as 10% seem happy to give them a rise at all. 11 people thought that they should get a rise, but not as much as 11%.
It was impossible within the confines of the template to ask how much people thought the rise should be, but if anyone voted for this, maybe they could make a comment below as to what they would think was reasonable.
The fact that 5% thought that they should get more than the 11% they have been rewarded mystified me, but Munguin concluded that we must have at least 5 Tory MPs as readers. Welcome, Gideon, if you are lurking there!
We’d likewise be delighted to hear from them, honourable members or not, for clarification of how much they think the rise should be, and perhaps they could add a bit about why they feel that MPs alone should be entitled to a massive rise when such austerity is being forced upon other people.
Thanks very much to everyone who took part. I look forward to your comments, including which charities you would like to see benefit from the Uk's largess towards her majesty's honourable members.