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airship
26th Jan 2009, 15:05
Allowing for the fact that MPs are elected very 4-5 years (and their Lordships are appointed for life), what would you lobby for and more importantly, how much is it worth to you? (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7850428.stm)

What struck me were the very reasonable, if not actually derisory amounts involved, of upto 120,000 lump sum or 5-10,000 per month in individual 'advisory or consultancy' fees per Lordship. Once you take the fixed numbers of Lords / MPs into consideration, the total costs of buying out everyone involved need not be overly extortionist. So I began imagining what if, merely several thousands of PPRuNeRs with common interests got together to lobby for their own interests? A 10% flat-income tax rate for bonafide PPRuNeRs anyone...?!

Something else I read about today (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7850680.stm) reinforces my suspicions. There I was, thinking that after all those taxpayer-funded bailouts of banks and car companies, the only ones with 2 shillings to rub together were ordinary taxpayers. When suddenly, out of the blue as it were, a public enterprise suddenly announces a deal worth 50 billion - whilst reducing its workforce by 8,000 (10% globally)...?! Oh, I understood, it's a drugs company...?! We may be able to put off buying a new car for a few years, but anything to with health expenditures follows its own momentum...! But why? Is it because governments are the biggest buyers of these same products - MPs, their Lordships anyone? In the deepest recession since the 1930s, how many medical professionals have you heard of being made redundunt recently? Heard of any Harley Street office leases going cheap (not a very good example admittedly) recently, but gets the point across.

Who's to blame? In France, ostensibly everyone has the right to consult the GP or other specialist of their choice (as opposed to say in UK). That should introduce an element of competition, perhaps forcing some price equilibrium? Practically speaking though, when you call another GP or specialist here for an appointment, the very 1st question they ask is if you've already consulted another GP / dentist / specialist. Perhaps it's only professional courtesy, but in 9 times out of 10, you won't get an appointment and are simply referred back to your old GP or whatever. Now that's true government-sponsored competition innit...?! :(