The TaxPayers' Alliance has said a proposal to increasing MPs' pay to £74,000 amounts to "putting up two fingers to the British public".
The idea of hiking MPs' pay when everyone else has been suffering such a squeeze on their earnings is totally unpalatable. MPs do an important job and work hard, but they already earn nearly three times the national average and more than most of their European counterparts.
The extensive research commissioned by Ipsa has demonstrated that people think the current level of pay to be broadly fair, so this announcement amounts to an unaccountable quango putting up two fingers to the British public.
Education Secretary Michael Gove led a backlash against a pay hike for MPs - telling the regulator that proposed the rise to "stick it".
They put in long hours, they work weekends and split their lives between two places of work. So should MPs get a pay rise?
As the MPs' salary debate continues, Sir Peter Bottomley defends the work of MPs and addresses the issue of whether they are paid enough.