picking up Lankan ways
It was revealed in a recent news item that more than 100 MPs, including ministers in the British Parliament, were happily putting their relatives on the public payroll. It would appear that these foreign ministers have taken a leaf out of the book of some of our very own Parliamentarians, who act without any twinge of conscience.
The revelation came during an investigation into the heavy expenditure incurred by UK parliamentarians. Over here, no one dares ask about such things. Our ministers do not pay any taxes, a privilege they enjoy, while the average tax payer must grin and bear and take on the tax burden himself. It is interesting to note that a minister’s income is referred to as an “allowance”, not a salary (possibly because one cannot rightly earn a salary for doing nothing).
It is about time we re-introduced taxing for all government employees, across the board. Some top positions are created to benefit those close to the government (whatever the party) as a thank you gift for services rendered.
We too can do with an Anti-Sleaze Committee!