What perks come with the position of Prime Minister (pay …

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    The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (to use the full title) is a job that comes with a number of perks, both financial and non-financial. At present, the financial benefits are:

    – Annual salary of £142,500 including a salary of £65,737 as a member of parliament [1]

    – Free travel and accomodation

    – Former Prime Ministers are entitled to a pension based on half of their annual salary at the time of leaving office

    – They can also obtain a Public Duties Cost Allowance, which allows them to ‘meet the continuing additional costs because of their special position in public life’. This is not obtainable if they are the Leader of the Opposition. The limit is currently set at a maximum of £115,000.

    Non-financial

    – Is able to reside at 10 Downing Street in London, as well as use of the official country house of Chequers in Buckinghamshire

    – Use of the Prime Ministerial cars, which include custom-built Jaguars.

    – The Prime Minister also receives gifts from various foreign dignitaries, including wine, ties and iPads (all of which the current PM gave back to the government) [2]

    1 –

    Members’ pay and expenses – current rates from 1 April 2013 – Commons Library Research Paper

    2 –
    David Cameron’s official gifts: the perks of being PM – Telegraph

    Sunny Jim Callaghan. This is him:

    I’ve always felt sorry for this bloke; he was probably the last proper Labour leader, coming as he did from an impoverished background (could have gone to Oxford but couldn’t afford it), joined the Navy, and the civil service. Fundamentally he was a decent man trying to do his best for everybody and being as fair as he could. Well, that’s no good for a politician, is it?

    Jim Callaghan was faced with a series of plagues troubling post-war Britain and was hamstrung by both the Labour movement and by the prevailing political winds. He wasn’t as stubborn as Maggie, and didn’t have the stomach for a big fight with everybody (he was far too decent) whereas Maggie relished a scrap. What was needed was a bloody good going through and sorting out, and that’s not a job that a bloke trying to be fair to everybody can do; had he been a bastard he’d have made a good PM but he was a victim of his own sense of fair play, as well as the militant left and the situation in the political world at the time.

    History needs its shepherds, and its butchers. It’s a shame that James Callaghan isn’t more highly thought of these days, because he would have made a first-class shepherd. But, when the wolves have got in the fold, time to call in the hunters. There wasn’t anybody with a bigger spear than Maggie.

    I think he knew that.

    It’s another shame that we don’t a parliamentful of people like him running the country and a boardroomful the business world. Might be a better world if we had.

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    Only one.

    However there are also 5 former Prime Ministers still alive:

    Theresa May

    David Cameron

    Gordon Brown

    Tony Blair

    John Major

    John Major immediately followed Margaret Thatcher. A dental appointment may have been instrumental in his premiership.

    Throughout the first stage of the November 1990, Mr Major was unable to comment on the unfolding party leadership challenge. He was at home recovering from arranged dental surgery to remove a wisdom tooth.

    We shall never know the impact of the dental appointment and the silence which followed. But it’s interesting to speculate.

    That depends which country you are prime minister of. More than half of all countries have a prime minister.

    The perks that come with being the Prime Minister all starts with you serving your “duty” to your country. As Prime Minister you’ll be representing the nations intrest and your personal interests that will culminate to the growth or demise of your county.

    As PM you’ll feel safe as the most important person in the country with all the necessary security protection at your disposal. Your paycheque will give you some extra cash to spend as you wish once you leave 10 Downing Street. Your retirement will come and you’ll receive a personal bodyguard that’ll go wherever you go.

    Was Margaret Thatcher the worst prime minister in British history?

    Nope. She was one of the best.

    Unless you lived through them you cannot believe how fucked up the 70s really were. Industrial relations were at their worst point in history. Previously nationalised industries started to hold the country to ransom. It was chaos.

    The thing that really hit the people were the constant electricity cuts – no reason other than industrial action.

    We, the People, grew tired of it. And when Mrs Thatcher offered the opportunity to combat this situation we grabbed the chance.

    Sure. She was eventually supplanted. But her greatest achievement is that the power went back on. And stayed on. Ever since.

    Even the worst of the unions would not try that tactic again. The British People are ever so nice until you cross them. Then look what happens….

    Not a salary.

    There is an allowance paid to ex-Prime Ministers to support their public duties and employ a small administrative staff (up to £115,000 per year), and they will get their MP salary until they step down. They will also get a pension.

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    I have no idea, because I was not aware that he was, and it would seem that you’re also ahead of the BBC on this. There have been several resignations already, and I would not have thought it helpful to the Islands of Malta for the Prime Minister to step down at this stage; it can’t be good for stability. Oddly enough, my brother was in Valletta only last night, and he didn’t think to mention this, either.

    I assume you do have a link for this surprising news headline?

    Firstly, they can bank most of their annual salary each year as the expenses system is obscenely generous. For example, an unemployed adult is entitled to under £75 a week to live off. This has to pay for all bills, food, clothes, personal hygiene, etc. An MP can spend £350 a week just on 7 breakfasts! This is not lost on those who are footing the bill for this!

    Also, there is nothing preventing them from doing other work as long as its declared and isn’t considered to be a conflict of interest.

    To most MPs the money comes later. Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, is worth £60 million. He got a £4 million advance for his autobiography. He charges £200,000 for a 30 minute after dinner speach. He is paid £2 million a year by JP Morgan for giving consultancy advice.

    They can sit on the Executive Boards of countless companies and earn hundreds of thousands of pounds every year just because their name is on the company stationery and they attend the AGM for a couple of hours.

    Apart from that, they’re public servants! They get paid more than enough, and certainly more than most deserve.

    If the job of a prime minister is to run the country in an effective manner, make sound decisions and as far as possible fulfill the platform of policies they stood on then for me it’s Flash Gordon aka. Gordon Brown. He had his faults but overall he was fairly competent and he dealt well with the banking crisis.

    Honorary mention to John Major who probably did as well as he could given how out of touch his own party had become and the way party rebels made things hard for him.

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