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Sauce for the goose...

In a delightful up ending of the normal course of events, the Italian equivalent of the CBI (Confindustria) has lambasted the nation's MPs for paying themselves too much and for democracy being a rather expensive business.

Herewith extracts translated from Le Figaro:

"Public funding of political parties is the most expensive in Europe: €200.8m (£139m) per annum, compared to €132m (£92m) for Germany, €80m (£56m) for France and €9m (£6.3m) for Great Britain (sic). The average cost per parliamentarian is $1.5m (£1.04m) in Italy, double that of France and Germany, quadruple that of Westminster".


(I get pretty irate about state funding of parties in these parts. Were I an Italian, I fear my blood pressure would have led to an explosion by now)

"At the national Parliament, each 630 deputy receives approximately €21,500 euros per month (£15,000) between basic salary (€11,703 (£8,170) as with the Senate) and various allowances".


Not a bad scratch, is it? I think Confin's head honcho, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, head of the FIAT group might be on to something.

And when are the CBI, IoD and the like going to stick it to our MPs, and folk on the other side of industry?

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