Hiking politician’s wages at a time of pay freezes, benefit caps and necessary spending cuts would be completely unpalatable to taxpayers. To do so would suggest that there is one rule for MPs and another for the rest of the country. There is zero appetite for a pay rise for MPs as borne out by the polling of the public commissioned by IPSA. Most people clearly think that an MP’s salary is currently about right.
Matthew Sinclair, Chief Executive of the Tax Payers Alliance, 2013