"Kelvin Hopkins (Lab, Luton North) had the decency to ask the Prime Minister about the "disgracefully low pay and poor conditions endured by parliamentary cleaners" and Mr Blair batted the question away in his blandest manner, saying it was "a matter for the House authorities".
When one considers the display of moral passion which the Prime Minister brings to any subject he reckons to be of political importance, one can see that he reckons the cleaners are an irrelevance. Mr Blair did not get where he is today by standing shoulder to shoulder with what is left of the working class.
But one need not be a socialist to see a rather striking discrepancy between the pay of the cleaners, who receive £5 an hour and 12 days' holiday a year (plus eight bank holidays), and the pay of MPs, who receive £59,095 a year, plus a number of valuable allowances, and are about to go on holiday until October."
21 July 2005
Blair and the cleaners
Even The Telegraph criticises Blair's anti-union stance at PQs yesterday: