ABOVE: the inevitable outcome of CHRONIC UNDERFUNDING in political adventures enforced by criminals, degenerates, thieves, war-criminals, liars…. in government.
WHY IS THE BRITISH ARMY SUPPORTING POLITICIANS WHO ARE EVIDENTLY GUILTY OF TREATING THE ARMED FORCES WITH UTTER CONTEMPT? THAT IS NOT WHAT SOLDIERS SIGNED UP FOR.
The pay and perks enjoyed by MPs throw into sharp relief the austerity of a life in the Armed Forces.
MPs’ starting salaries are four times that of soldiers. While new members are paid £64,766 a year, the lowest paid private in the Army must make do on £16,680.
Unlike their American counterparts, troops fighting in Afghanistan must pay income tax on their earnings.
They must also pay tax on a £15,000 loyalty bonus given to those who sign up for another five years after four years’ service. They also pay thousands of pounds a year in rent while living in Armed Forces accommodation.
By contrast, last year MPs were entitled to claim £24,006 in second home allowances tax-free.
Until recent changes to the system, MPs could spend £400 per month of this allowance on food, including a range of subsidised meals and drinks around Westminster.
Soldiers on the front line are given a ration pack containing freeze-dried curries, biscuits and other basic fare.
A parliamentary answer in 2007 disclosed that the daily food budget per British soldier in Iraq was just £2.49.