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We know they have to get paid, but we just don’t want to hear how much.

The public outing of politicians' salaries generally produces a national response akin to the face we make while cleaning lumps of soap and hair from the plughole in the shower. It’s a blend of shock, awe and quiet admiration. It takes a lot of guts to put so little in and yet garner so much in return.