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One of the axes of the last election campaign was democratic regeneration, but it seems that not all politicians have taken note of this issue. Since 26% of the deputies ask that Congress pay for ADSL in their homes, something to which they are en titled, but which some have preferred not to exercise. Of course, very few are the workers with the privilege of being paid for the Internet connection at home.
A deputy's salary is high enough to provide the tools she needs in her work. Despite this, they are provided with a smartphone, an iPad, two computers (in their seat and in the office) and an ADSL line at their habitual residence. The truth is, it doesn't make much sense to pay for a deputy's private connection, which is why 261 of them have not accepted the offer.
However, 26% of the deputies do agree that Congress pay for ADSL in their homes. That is, a total of 89 members of the lower house. It should be noted that all the deputies of Podemos, Ciudadanos and Democràcia i Llibertat have renounced this privilege In any case, more than half of the PSOE and the PP they have not accepted free ADSL either.
However, your honorable Members have indeed requested the voucher that allows them to use the taxi for their trips. It allows them to spend up to 3,000 euros a year, and only 14% of them have refused it. The accounts do not come out, since three of them are from the PP, when this party has more than three official cars at its disposal. In addition, Podemos promised that it would not accept payment for taxi rides, but 17 of its deputies have ignored it.
Deputies have technological privileges
So 26% of deputies ask Congress to pay for ADSL in their home, but it is not the only luxury. We Spaniards have recently spent 800,000 euros on tablets and computers for our representatives. Perhaps the issue would not be so serious if we did not find that some politicians start to play Candy Crush in parliamentary sessions, which implies a serious lack of respect for their position.
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Of course, we can only applaud the 74% of deputies who have not accepted receiving free ADSL at home. After all, politicians should, at the very least, set an example of honesty. A privilege like having domestic ADSL paid for by Spanish taxpayers is quite out of place in a time of crisis like this.
What do you think about the topic? Do you think it is acceptable that these 26% of deputies charge the cost of ADSL from their home to Congress, or do you think it is an abuse?