"We don't want to drift into a situation where it becomes dangerous to be an MP or you've got to risk danger, but we have to get the balance right, nobody wants MPs to be feather-bedded
. We don't want MPs who are looking over their shoulder, who are keeping their heads down, not holding open surgeries, who don't travel on their own because they don't want to come back late at night, this is all actually happening" - Labour MP Harriet Harman, calling for a Westminster conference on the abuse of MPs.
Virtually every government since Independence has made sure that they were feather-bedded
on wads of cash, and that there were mechanisms in place for favoured friends and associates to sit under the money tree to which they gave a regular shake.
A reluctance to challenge London's massively feather-bedded
transport budget does the regions, including the West Midlands, no favours.
And the feather-bedded
boss - with an alpine ski chalet - displays no shame, cosy in his PS1.2million farmhouse as 20,000 workers worry about keeping a roof over their heads.
"I hate it when feather-bedded
thesps pay flying visits to the desperate to parade their bleeding hearts and trumpet their infantile ideas on what must be done" - Broadcaster Michael Buerk (pictured).
I AGREE with reader John M that the benefits system stinks and that feckless women and other people are paid large amounts of money to breed children and are then "feather-bedded
" by the benefits system.
I'm a bit tired of even the slightly disabled, the not-soold, who feel they must be feather-bedded
. These are the people, don't forget, who chunter endlessly about how they saved this country at war, forgetting that their "heroism" owed as much to conscription as patriotism.
But pen-pushers in local authorities, teachers in failing schools and binmen on bonuses live an existence feather-bedded
by the state.
THE crisis created for the Tories by David Cameron's feather-bedded
upbringing is that voters are questioning whether he's fit to deal with the problems facing ordinary people.
If the BBC thinks it is so popular that Britain can't do without it, let it become a subscription-only service and see how long it lasts in its present in its present, feather-bedded
Maybe that's why those in the Palace of Westminster are so detached from those they rule, and take us, the Great British people, for mugs who will keep them in their feather-bedded
lifestyle for years to come.
Tony Blair, while clearly too timid to apply the "polluter pays" principle to the feather-bedded
aviation industry, is apparently unconcerned by bus and rail fares going through the roof.