Although Downing Street quickly backed down, its attempts to change the rules for someone within the Conservatives has triggered further investigations into ‘sleaze’ within the party – although it’s important to note MPs across the House have second jobs.
Unsurprisingly, people have been quick to point out the irony of MPs defending their second jobs after the government lashed out at public figures, such as footballer Marcus Rashford who campaigned for free school meals at Christmas, for not sticking “to their day jobs”.
the funniest part of the second jobs saga is that some Tory MPs spent this year telling footballers to stick to their day jobs
In some cases, the MPs were as good as their word on this. A few of them seem to have shown real dedication to their main jobs while eschewing the potential distractions of their £81,000-a-year pocket money gigs in politics.
Still, when he told COP26 that MPs who break the rules must be punished on Wednesday night, one person asked: “Does this mean he’s resigning?”
Comic Matt Green mocked the entire situation by posting a spoof video, staging an interview between an employer and their “top-earning” employee – who is also an MP.
“The idea that you could also be moonlighting as a public representative is laughable,” he said.
LBC commentator James O’Brien also criticised the government, and said: ”It’s bit like having children – you kind of hope that they don’t need strict rules because they will behave sensibly themselves. But for children who are naughty all the time, you do need strict rules.”
He added: ”Unfortunately, we seem to have ended up with a delinquent kindergarten on the blue seats in the House of Commons.”
The presenter also pointed out that there are people who have taken two jobs among the Opposition benches as well.
Another person tweeted: “God this is mortifying. In front of the whole world, when you are trying to exercise diplomatic leverage at a pivotal moment. Utterly embarrassing.”
Liverpool Echo’s Liam Thorp tweeted: “One thing to say about these lucrative second jobs is that these people don’t have to be MPs, no one is forcing them.”
One thing to say about these lucrative second jobs is that these people don’t have to be MPs, no one is forcing them
Simply put they think they have every right to be able to have the political power and the extra exorbitant pay – it’s grim