Great Britain: Underprivileged M.P.s

Britain's House of Commons may be the "best club in Europe," but many a member can hardly afford the honor of belonging. At the current M.P.'s pay of $4,900 a year, both Laborites and Tories can agree that it is a constant struggle just to keep looking neat, let alone statesmanlike. After a year's study of the problem, a special independent committee last week recommended salary increases of about 80% . It sounded like a staggering raise, but even the new salary of $9,100 a year (v. $30,000 for U.S. Congressmen) is far from lavish, considering that all official...