Salmond to hand back his Scottish salary…

As noted yesterday, the future of the Union beyond Northern Ireland seems not to overly concern DUP MPs. What might concern them though is the news that Alex Salmond is going to give up one of his parliamentary salaries, even though he is double jobbing.

Mr Salmond said he believed he would be the first person who had been elected as both an MP and an MSP to take only one wage. He said: “My intention is I will be taking one Parliamentary salary. Arrangements are being made and an announcement will be made shortly. I think I will be the first person in this position only to take one parliamentary salary. It can be done and I will do it. But it’s not quite as simple as you might think it should be.” A spokesman for Mr Salmond said later: “These arrangements will be backdated to the election.”

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  • fair_deal

    They should do what they did previously, donate their additional salaries from devolutionary posts to the party.

  • In this respect Sinn Fein stand alone in local politics as their MLA’s only take a percentage of their salary. The remainder is donated back into the party. This is a hugely significant gesture which does not go un-noticed within the Nationalist electorate.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Hi Mick, did you see this?

    Will the others follow though?

  • Cruimh

    “This is a hugely significant gesture which does not go un-noticed within the Nationalist electorate.”

    Didn’t seem to impress the nationalist voters over the border Mac 😉

    Still, as long as the tax man gets his whack!

  • jpeters

    i would hardly think donating money to your own party would impress anyone
    its not as if SF is running a meals on wheels service

  • Diluted Orange

    I don’t like Alex Salmond’s politics but I have grown to respect him and I respect even more after this significant gesture. He’s taking a stand against the gross waste of public funds, which currently happens across the UK because of the ineptitude of the incumbent government, of which MPs salaries are only a small part. We pay ridiculous amounts in tax every year and what do we get for it?

    Maybe the MLAs in the NI Assembly will follow suit but perhaps they should back-date their contributions back to the Treasury until 2003, to account for the 4 years they sat on thier arses doing nothing, whilst still getting paid handsomely for the priviledge.

  • Tiny

    over to you Ian, Peter, Jeffrey, Iris, David, Gregory, Willie, Mark and Allister

  • slug

    To be fair to our politicians (MLAs) they voted in the last assembly not to receive the same pay increase that went to the MSPs. The consensus was that the NI MLAs had not yet earned that pay increase.

  • IJP

    Actually all Alliance elected reps donate part of salary/allowance back to the party.

    At both levels, this figure is currently being increased.

  • Frank Sinistra

    IJP,

    How can they donate the Allowance to the party? That money is specifically for constituency support activities. The wage is a different matter.

  • Frank Sinistra

    IJP,

    To clarify:

    “The allowance is equal to the actual cost incurred by a member in paying salaries to staff, or in purchasing or hiring office equipment or office services.”

    I think donating these funds to the party would be fraudulent.

    Did you make a mistake?

  • Frank Sinistra

    IJP,

    Maybe that’s how your candidates could afford such expensive campaigns?

    Naomi Long – highest candidate spend in East Belfast.

    Anna Lo – highest candidate spend in South Belfast

    Stephen Farry – highest elected candidate spend in N.Down (only topped by the Tories)

    David Ford – highest candidate spend in South Antrim and one of only four candidates to top £10,000 (the only one to get elected).

    Those figures almost make it seem like you had to buy the seats. A reason to defraud allowances?

  • Let’s pause a moment.

    The salary of the Príomh Mhinistear na h-Alba is the not-inconsiderable £123,161 which includes his allowance as an MSP of £50,300. A Westminster MP’s salary is £60,675.

    Then there is the small consideration of his allowances from Westminster. In 2005/06 he took £157,844. In 2004/05 he was the 27th highest spender of the 659 MPs. This was down from 13th place at the trough in 2003/04 and a commendable 15th spot in 2002/03. Refer to http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/alex_salmond/banff_and_buchan for the gory details.

    Did I get it right that Salmond is passing up the £50K from Holyrood, but keeping the £60K from the Sasannachs? In which case we ought to be handing round the begging bowl; how can anyone scrape by on a mere 300 grand a year from the public purse?

  • It can be done and I will do it. But it’s not quite as simple as you might think it should be

    I think Mr Salmond’s memory of his earlier promise was jogged by an entry on a well-known Scottish blog (Mr Eugenides), later picked up by Iain Dale. Strangly most of the Scottish dead-wood media ignored the whole subject until after Mr Salmond’s statement.

  • For an unfair comparison, as of today’s exchange rate, the President of the United States gets £198,373 p.a. basic.

    Hmm. That means, excluding expenses, one President is worth 1.6 First Ministers. The population of the USA is 58.85 times greater than that of Scotland.

  • Prince Eoghan

    Wee Alex is worth every penny! Just for being able to rub the sadly departed Tony Blair up the wrong way. He could also rightly claim to be the architect of an independent England sometime soon.

    Quick treble his salary!

  • Hector

    Fishface doesn’t get £53,091 from Holyrood. He just gets £17,697 – one third of the basic MSP pay – as the Scotland Act prescribes that MSPs who are also MPs only get one third of the full wage.

    Obviously he keeps his £60,675 Westminster pay poke.

    He is keeping his £76,907 First Minister salary.

    He’s also keeping the £157,844 Westminster office expenses.

    Still, £17k isn’t a bad price for the good PR the piscine prig will get out of his stunt, and he is keeping a total of £137,582 so he won’t starve. Perhaps it would have been better for the good people of his UK Parliamentary constituency to get a full time MP, though.

  • Hector @ 01:00 AM:

    Thanks: I missed that one: surrendering £17K gross reduces this to gesture politics. I notice that the register of interests for Holyrood is due on line today (Friday) — see http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msp/membersPages/alex_salmond/roi.htm. I’ll have to find time for that. Meanwhile, he is suitable vague about his interests on the Westminster register, only indicating price-bands for his services to Murdoch and the betting industry (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200203/cmregmem/memi25.htm)

    And I thought I was unique in finding him among the most obnoxious of the snake-oil vendors.

  • Sorry about the suitable/suitably typo.

    And I see an early-morning posting on the BBC news-site:
    The Liberal Democrats have called on First Minister Alex Salmond to quit his Westminster seat.
    It comes on the 100th day since Alex Salmond last spoke in the Commons.

    See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/6275708.stm.

    Tsk, tsk. It’s “Infamy, infamy! They’ve all got in in for me!”

  • Prince Eoghan

    Even though he has the onerous task of leading the Scottish nation in these the early years of our new era. I’m positive wee Alex would still do a better job than any Lib-Dem who happens to covet his north east seat. Funny, now that the SNP dominate this area so the Libs are slightly miffed, but do they have to play the scorned mistress so maliciously. A rudderless bunch reduced to caterwauling and screeching.

    Tell me Malcolm what is your interests in the matter?

  • Prince Eoghan @ 11:42 AM

    O son of Niall, son of Eochaid, son of Muiredach, son of Fiachu, son of Cairbre, son of Cormac mac Airt, Lord of the Five Provinces, Great High King: I am, indeed, but a humble seeker after truth.

    By the way, did you know that your Da, Niall Noigíallach, is second only to Genghiz Khan in the number of his DNA-traceable descendants? Just another shiver of verity extracted from the vast dungpile of history.

    And don’t bet the farm on the SNP’s continued popularity.

  • Prince Eoghan

    >>By the way, did you know that your Da, Niall Noigíallach, is second only to Genghiz Khan in the number of his DNA-traceable descendants?< >Just another shiver of verity extracted from the vast dungpile of history.< >O son of Niall, son of Eochaid, son of Muiredach, son of Fiachu, son of Cairbre, son of Cormac mac Airt< >And don’t bet the farm on the SNP’s continued popularity.<