Over the Commons vacations, an LBC caller yells angrily at a Labour MP, “Sitting on your bottom!”
During a violent tirade on LBC, a caller began shouting down the phone to Labour MP Barry Gardiner, attacking both politicians’ wages and holidays. Several LBC guests laughed at the outburst.
After an irate caller named Sean rang up Iain Dale during his late-night show to scream about lawmakers taking holidays while the House of Commons is suspended for the summer, the LBC studio saw a combination of humor and wrath. Sean yelled down the phone, demanding that Labour MP Barry Gardner take a pay reduction and give it to the NHS, in response to Mr Gardner’s attempt to mediate Sean’s concerns. Guests on LBC could only watch and giggle at Sean as he chastised politicians.
The panel discussed MP vacations on LBC during the House of Commons summer recess, which runs from July 22 to September 6.
Sean was requested to offer his thoughts on the matter by host Iain Dale, and he did not hold back.
“I’m really livid man, they are so powerful that they deserve a holiday when the country is in such a state,” he said on the show.
“You’re on £81,000 a year, get your act together!”
Before Mr Gardner tried to reason with Sean, Mr Dale thanked him for his thoughts.
The MP inquired whether Sean would be satisfied if MPs took two weeks vacation instead of a few months, but the caller objected.
“I’d be thrilled if you took a wage cut and donated it to the NHS!” he exclaimed.
Mr Gardner tried again in failed to persuade Sean, this time asking if MPs even deserve a vacation.
Sean stated that he did not, and that MPs should be paid £26,000 per year rather than £81,000 per year.
Members of Parliament are given a basic salary of £81,932 each year.
“Do you not think Sean that if all the MPs don’t take a holiday, that they work 24-hours a day, seven days a week, that they would be fatigued, and knackered people don’t make good decisions?” Mr Dale asked, attempting to lighten the mood.
Sean claimed that MPs were “sitting on their backsides” and that a vacation was unnecessary.
Mr Dale joked that his profession requires him to sit on his backside, but meeting with Sean changed his mind. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”