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Grumbling from the Forum: Government Pay

Day 424, 04:09 by Iain Keers

One of the more hotly debated issues in the public forums is that of government pay. Obviously a sensitive issue, the act which legalised and established the paying of government officials passed with only a narrow majority and great opposition.

The argument for government pay:
Government officials on average put in a great deal more time and effort into developing the future of the eUK than the average ctiizen. Although there is prestige from serving the country, many of the ministry and NHS roles are necessary but boring, and take up hours of citizens time. It is only fair that Ministers recieve a small wage in recognition of this, which frees up more of their own money to spend on improving their own eRepublik experience. This is both a reward for existing ministers, an incentive for ambitious potential ministers and an encouragement for experienced and disillusioned ex-ministers to get involved with otherwise repetitive tasks.

The argument against government pay
Being a member of the government is an honour. Congressmen are already compensated in-game with gold. To be then selected to lead a ministry shows trust, and the rewards of the position should be enough without extra financial compensation. The money spent on ministers wages could be spent on more worthy causes, such as the National Health Service (NHS), Transport for London (TFL) or indeed the ministries themselves.

My conclusion: a mixed one
There are both pros and cons to paying government officials. In addition to the negatives already mentioned, paying government officials makes positions such as NHS director, Minister and so on a job rather than a vocation. This creates the danger of candidates opting for election and after winning doing very little, and merely taking their wage.

However, I am of the opinion that things are not so one sided as that. There are some serious advantages to paying Ministers that have not been mentioned thus far:

1. Paying Ministers a competitive wage ensures that the very best of the nation are involved in politics. Without a wage, the greater experience that can be gained from serving in the army or running multiple businesses may become more attractive.

2. Paying Ministers a wage makes them more directly accountable to the House of Commons. If a member is elected in a public vote, but does very little, they can still claim a public mandate for their actions. However, if they are paid then this implies minimum standards of work- and also a potential punishment and reward system of variable pay depending upon activity levels and the number of jobs undertaken.

These arguments in no way defeat those levied against. However this is one debate which will never really be resolved. In Real Life (RL), many ministers who are very wealthy already refuse their wages, or donate them to a worthy cause. The point is that many ordinary congressmen may not have a lot of gold or Great Britain Pounds (GBP), and for those members a career in business may seem to be a far more worthwhile way to spend the no doubt limited amount of time they have to use playing eRepublik.

Hope you enjoyed the article- everything after my conclusion is my own opinion. The two sections before that are the summarised views of HazzN, Malta, Intrepid132, Will Salmon, Christophia, Taytaz, Squiddy, John Forsetti and Stan Wephan for and Ip Lockard, Tommy Tommasino, Sara Droz, Bob Boblo, Rastari, Final Destiny and Shadow against.

 

Comments

Bob Boblo
Bob Boblo Day 424, 04:28

Excellent article

Bob Boblo
Bob Boblo Day 424, 04:28

*subscribed

HazzN
HazzN Day 424, 04:31

Good article.

widdows9000
widdows9000 Day 424, 04:40

Nice stuff, subscribed and voted, keep 'em coming.

MikeLee
MikeLee Day 424, 05:35

Nice but don't forget a link to the forums
http://forums.erepublik.co.uk

Oexis
Oexis Day 425, 01:53

Fantastic artice

Zagadee
Zagadee Day 425, 18:14

Paying government officials a salary also reduces any chance of corruption, of the officials voting a certain way or putting forward certain changes in exchange for receiving money. Not that I'm suggesting our eUK politicians would ever consider such a thing...

Squiddy
Squiddy Day 425, 18:56

Very good article.

Just a note on the following: "This creates the danger of candidates opting for election and after winning doing very little" - Ministers are paid at the end of each term - although I would much rather see Ministers monitored to make sure they are worthy of the pay.

shadowukcs
shadowukcs Day 426, 00:01

good article.

KIA Sneak
KIA Sneak Day 426, 03:14

Good article

"Paying government officials a salary also reduces any chance of corruption, of the officials voting a certain way or putting forward certain changes in exchange for receiving money. Not that I'm suggesting our eUK politicians would ever consider such a thing..."

i would say it encourages corruption. if there is pay we may get ministers who are only doing there job for money and they would be far more likely to be corrupt then those who do it for honour.

Without pay the ministers aren't going to be poor as they have high skill.

Professor Evil
Professor Evil Day 426, 03:14

Voted. I don't know how much weight my being a government man myself will bring to the argument, but the people we have in Congress and the various ministries are there largely because they want to do it, and that makes them active and committed. If competitive salaries were offered, people would just apply for jobs and ignore them.

Squiddy
Squiddy Day 426, 03:41

"if there is pay we may get ministers who are only doing there job for money and they would be far more likely to be corrupt then those who do it for honour."

That is the most illogical comment I've ever read on Erepublik.

We are talking about a game where every transaction is logged, every government purchase is known about, at least by other politicians, it's a system whereby any such act of "corruption" would be instantly noticed.

Why would people even need to turn to corruption if they are already being paid?

And on the note of "May get people who are doing their job for money" - as if that's some kind of sick and twisted thing... Does that discriminatory tone also apply to everyone who works for money in the real world?

Maybe if we do start paying we'll get ministers that stick around for more than a term or two who don't leave due to boredom.

JoshuaWhelan
JoshuaWhelan Day 793, 23:31

Paying ministers is a bad idea.

Most already have a well enough paid job, and that five gold just for reaching congress, (which is an honour) is more than enough.

The only people actually in favour will be those who are in congress or congress candidates; I hope this never happens. Bad idea IMO.

 
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