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Following on from this BBC article about big salaries...

(A currency converter can be found at Yahoo Finance)

What would you consider a high salary?

Around £50,000
Around £100,000
Around £150,000
Around £200,000
More than £200,000
Other (please comment)

Do you think it fair that the Director General of the BBC is earning £834,000 pa?

He ought to be paid more
He deserves it
Market forces set the salary
Around £500,000 seems more realistic
Around £200,000 seems more realistic
Around £100,000 seems more realistic
I have no view on this
Other (please comment)

Do you think it valid of Boris Johnson to describe £250,000 as chicken feed?

Yes, completely
No, not really
No, the guy is completely divorced from reality!
I have no view
Other (please comment)

Do you think salaries ought to be capped?

Yes, for sure
Yes, perhaps
No, not really
No, not at all
I have no view

What poll question about salaries would you ask?

Edit: Note the last question refers to high salaries.

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You could look at it this way:

Mark Thompson (Director General, BBC) gets £834k/year and his company brings pleasure and information to maybe half a billion people across the world.

David Beckham (Footballer, LA Galazy) gets £28m/year and brings pleasure to the few thousand LA Galaxy fans that exist in the world.

Now does Mark Thompson look overpaid?

It makes me think: "Damn, I should have included footballers on this poll!" :-)

Like an old boss of mine used to say: You pay peanuts, you get monkeys...

Although are some folks being paid a solid platinum peanut, the size of mount everest? ;-)


That would fit for Boris...

That's the problem for me with "should salaries be capped" -- I think that some people earn an exorbitant amount of money, but I've also heard it said that if you offer non-exorbitant amounts for top-level positions, you have a really hard time attracting qualified applicants.

So I'm not sure what the solution is.

The Nordic countries seem to manage - there I think the main barriers to high salaries are driven by culture and also by tax (a high top rate plus a wealth tax).

For me £100 is an insignificant amount of money.

Ive just spent time in Africa where £1 is considered to be a reasonable amount.

The difference bwteen myself and Boris is probably much the same as me and an African.

Boris has said he was joking and I'm inclined to believe him.

I watched the interview and it seemd to me that Boris seemed to be referring to the work itself as chicken feed rather than the money received for it. The person interviewing him was looking for an admission that a newspaper column was too much work for someone who is already Mayor of London. BJ's response was that he enjoyed writing and would be writing anyway, so if someone was willing to give him £250k to carry out what was a hobby anyway, so much the better.

I don't even like the man (other than as a TV presenter), and I'm here defending him! That feels a bit dirty.

Regardless, to BJ, £250k probably is chicken feed. It's all relative.

The staff of Doctor Who should be paid in pounds. The people in other shows should be paid in ounces.

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