Have they no shame?They know how the public views this perk – that is why it was withdrawn in 1999.
They continue to enjoy it because they could possibly claim a breach of contract if it was cancelled.
None have threatened such a claim – at least publicly.
None would relish the sorry spectacle the claim would produce in a court of law.
Doubtless it would win – the lifetime travel perk was in the MPs’ remuneration package from 1972 – coincidentally the year that two of this year’s top five claimants Sir Kerry Burke and Michael Bassett, entered Parliament.
They were among a number of keen young Labour MPs who came in with the Kirk Government.
They would have hotly denied at that time any suggestion that the pay and perks were among the reasons they were pursuing a political career.