COMMENT

The latest manoeuvring in the saga of the remuneration of Members of Parliament is again going to conclude in pay rises above those of most other New Zealanders. Once more, MPs will be criticised, and the efforts of the Greens to rein in salaries will be thwarted.

The last apparently bright idea, in 2015, was to tie MP percentage increases to that of the public sector. This took the decision out of the hands of the Remuneration Authority, which had been generous over the years. It seemed on the surface a reasonable answer.

But the public sector has been

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