It's been a depressing week in Manx politics with Tynwald awarding itself a pay rise of more than £1,000 each. To be fair to Tynwald there wasn't a vote on it rather it was decided by the mysterious Public Services Commission (PSC) which is Chaired by none other than Minister for Reform Chris Thomas MHK (Douglas Central). Don't think that was the kind of reform we had in mind.
This comes not too long after the Tynwald expenses scandal covered by Isle of Man Newspapers in which it turns out members of Tynwald don't have to account for their expenses rather they are just added automatically to their salary. We then had Lawrie Hooper MHK (Ramsey) say that because MHKs don't account for their expenses they should just have it added to their salary. If he is successful in his argument with his colleagues in Tynwald (now there's a hard sell - let's increase our salary) one wonders what sort of conversation that will trigger with the Tax Office for back taxes as I imagine they haven't been paying tax or National Insurance on these salary/expenses.
I find it hard to imagine a job where you are just given a cheque every month for unaccounted expenses. I find it even harder to find a job where either you or a colleague can decide your own salary.
Certainly not as a postie. The Isle of Man Post Office has gone on strike over pay, pensions etc. MHKs are lining up to explain to Post Office employees how they need to knuckle down and take some pain to make the Post Office more competitive. These are the very same MHKs who have just received a pay rise and have the most generous defined benefit scheme known to man.
Yet again it is apparently one rule for them and another for us.