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by  Monkles 15 December 2013

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Vocation or Vacation

Most of this week's "Any Questions" and "Any Answers" on BBC R4 were devoted to the controversial subject of MPs Pay. It struck me that no such attention would ever be given to the pay of nurses and care workers in the private sector, where only candidates who would find the minimum wage attractive, need apply.

A career in nursing ought to be a vocational choice but sadly it is increasingly becoming a task for immigrant workers who are more prepared to accept low pay.

Jeanette Winterson said last week, "Why would you get off your arse for 6 an hour?"

Members of Parliament would seem to be having difficulty making ends meet with a task that does not require them to get off their arses at all unless it were to make their way to a free lunch and the subsidised bar.

As with nurses their task ought to be regarded as a vocational career for the greater good of society.

One contributor on Any Answers misquoted the word "Vocational";  with unintended prescience she discussed the "Vacational" careers of Members of Parliament.

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MP’s PAY, a free lunch and a subsidised bar.