3 News reports:
A defiant independent MP Brendan Horan arrived back at Parliament today, vowing to fight for more transparency around MPs’ pay rises. …
He even wants to run for re-election come 2014.
“I am here to stay,” he says.
Mr Horan may even start his own party.
“I’m keeping all my options open in that regard.”
Maybe he should call any party the Transparency & Accountability Bloc Party, or the TAB Party?
Mr Horan’s also planning to campaign for more transparency for MPs’ pay rises, after an increase was announced just before Christmas.
“It’s not what the average Kiwi wants to hear when you’ve got thousands of people losing their jobs and being made redundant,” says Mr Horan.
He’ll try and amend a bill that’s already before Parliament, so the public know what MPs’ pay increases are before each election.
On that issue, he is on the right side. Chris Hipkins has also said he supports such a change. Hopefully it may happen. The salaries and allowances should be set prior to each election for the entire term.