Two observations on yesterday’s publication of Special Adviser salaries:
- The Prime Minister has 18 (eighteen)* SpAds. The Deputy Prime Minister has 4. If anyone has any comparisons of these numbers with Gordon Brown and Tony Blair in particular, please leave a comment
- Nearly every SpAd in Pay Band 2 or above earns more than an MP’s basic salary. They are also more influential and have more say over policy. As such, why would anyone want to become an MP?
*This is a little vidiprinter joke, for those of you who used to watch Grandstand and still watch Final Score.
Update: In answer to my question above, Guido notes that the number of SpAds has reduced from 78 under the Labour government.