DAVID Lammy MP has been mocked after the Tottenham MP suggested that Premier League footballers taking paycuts amid Coronavirus were ‘criminal’ – as they had not moved more quickly.
He took to Twitter and said how it was ‘completely wrong’ for taxpayers to be subsidise those who work at the clubs instead.
It’s criminal that Premier League footballers haven’t moved more quickly to take pay cuts and deferrals. And completely wrong that taxpayers are now being asked to subsidise cleaners, caterers and security guards at these clubs instead.
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) April 2, 2020
Many people responded badly to this, citing the hypocrisy of Lammy (being an elected MP on a salary of £81,932 as of now) asking for such cuts, whereas he hasn’t done so for his own profession.
TalkRadio host Julia Hartley-Brewer asked ‘when are MPs planning to take a pay cut’ and former UKIP and Social Democratic Party MEP Patrick O’Flynn claimed that Lammy was being ‘tricky’, given the recent aforementioned pay rise.
A user called Thailman acknowledged that while he felt Lammy was ‘right (for once)’ that ‘self awareness was never his strongest attribute’ and another user called CricketBadger responded by calling both footballers and cricketers an ‘easy target’ for such cuts.
When are MPs planning to take a pay cut? https://t.co/TZeFVaVMQW
— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) April 2, 2020
Your reminder that from yesterday MPs started to benefit from a 3.1% inflation-busting pay rise, taking their salaries to £81,932.
A tricky moment for them to get on a high horse demanding others volunteer for pay cuts, one would have thought. https://t.co/te2WrFQbjV
— Patrick O'Flynn (@oflynnsocial) April 2, 2020
He's right (for once) but self awareness was never his strongest attribute.
— Thaliman (@Thaliman) April 2, 2020
I think footballers and cricketers are an easy target for the wrath of public when it comes to #COVID19 wages. Plenty of other highly paid individuals hiding quietly behind that anger.
BUT when England cricketers say they've not been asked… VOLUNTEER.
Why have to be asked?
— CricketBadger (@cricket_badger) April 2, 2020
This controversy is also prominent in the case of Lammy as he has not only taken such pay increases without much compliant, he also has caused controversy in the past over his expenses.
This came to a head in 2004, whereby his local paper of the Haringey Advertiser reported that not only did he claim up to £12,041 in expenses that year (£18,626 adjusted for inflation), but also had £20,333 a year as well in the means of second home allowance, relating to his house in south London at the time (£31,453 adjusted for inflation today).
He’s defended some of these expenses, claiming that they aren’t such, and that rather are mainly staff salaries and constituency office rent, and it was nothing compared to how his constituents were being ‘smashed by austerity’.
Not expenses. 95% is staff salaries and rent for my constituency office. Most of the rest is office running costs. All to support my constituents who are smashed by austerity, screwed by universal credit, kicked in the balls by the Hostile Environment and crippled by knife crime. https://t.co/7Wu3FrUVLe
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) February 24, 2019
This compares to the worldwide total of 996,836 cases of the virus, with 50,968 deaths and 208,631 recoveries.