Theresa May is so scared of a leadership challenge over her Chequers Deal that she has suggested parliament break up for recess a week early. At a time when the UK is facing it's biggest peacetime challenge, May wants everyone to go on holiday.
Even though some MPs are against:
it is expected to pass.
This is quite despicable. Since the House returned on 5th September 2017, parliament has been in recess for 71 days, not including conference season. You can see the dates here. Summer recess, starting on 24th July as originally planned, would add another 42 days. So in this parliamentary year, MPs will have 16 weeks and 1 day in recess. Adding another 5 days, as May is suggesting, will make one day short of 17 weeks of holiday in one year. That is more than school children, who are better behaved and teachers who, I would argue, work much harder. You don't see teachers finding the time to write newspaper columns for example, books even, owning other businesses etc. You may find teachers having second jobs, as many MPs do but not usually through choice and not usually in high, well paid, corporate positions with a revolving door when their teaching career ends.
MPs will argue that they use recess time to catch up with their constituencies, that it is not holiday as such. They may indeed spend some of this time pursuing constituency business but to all intents and purposes they are on holiday.
In what other area of work does anyone get so much holiday? Indeed, what business would be expected to run itself for 6 weeks while it's bosses all went on holiday? MPs are paid more money than most of us could dream of and they can claim huge expenses on top of that. Many go straight into highly paid, corporate positions when their career in politics is over, thanks to that ever revolving door. The pension scheme is more generous than many of us could hope for and worth the insecurity of tenure that it is purported to reflect. More information on parliamentary pensions can be found here:
The current parliamentary system is a disgrace and it's in every MP's interest to perpetuate it. Therefore, it will never change. It is too steeped in tradition and privilege, with MPs hungry for the revolving door that follows, for any of them to vote for it to change. But change it should. Sixteen weeks of holiday is obscene. Making it seventeen makes it even more so.