Tory MP Mark Simmonds has announced his resignation as a government minister, and his intention to stand down as an MP as the next election.
His reason? A salary of £89,435, plus housing allowance of £27,875 is not enough to enjoy sufficient quality of life.
That gives a total of £117,310 per year. With the minimum wage currently at £6.31 per hour, a person would have to work for 18,591 hours, which amounts to 464.75 weeks at 40 hours per week, to earn the same.
If that's not enough, surely the £25,000 his wife was paid as his Office Manager and the £50,000 he was paid as a strategic adviser to a private healthcare company would have kept the wolf from the door? Apparently not.
This from the representative of a party who encourage the use of zero hours contracts, giving people no guaranteed income whatsoever - but if you don't agree to it, you can't claim any benefits.
This from the same party as Iain "I can live on £53 a week" Duncan Smith
In Boston, part of the constituency Mr Simmonds purports to represent, the Office of National Statistics gives a figure of 17% for "All People of Working Age Claiming a Key Benefit", as opposed to 15% for England as a whole. Other figures make similarly grim reading. I'm sure they will be very sympathetic to his plight.
Many people do not earn in a year what Mr Simmonds gets as housing allowance.
Yet another example of the words "we're all in this together" having a very hollow ring.