May 10th, 2009

+++ Gove Claimed for Nights at the Garrick ++++++ Osborne Claimed for Chauffeurs ++++++ Cheryl Gillan Claimed for Dog Food +++


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  1. 1
    crewegwyn says:

    Presumably Cheryl Gillian’s dog was employed solely on parliamentary duties?

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      Agent 99 says:

      Not good but no just no where near the Nu Labour troughers. I dont like this as its still abuse of the system but this is just not anywhere in the same league as Labour. Now lets not let that affect the way BBC reports this of course as we all know this will be made to look like they fed babies to dogs.

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        Mark Carlson says:

        So what, all utter trivia compared to the Labour troughing.

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      • 73
        Swinehunt says:

        Cameron’s in the clear, goody. Now we await the dirt on Balls and Cooper.

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        W.W. says:

        If what they say about Duncan is true he should resign, or be sacked.

        I will reserve judgement on Gove until the details are out.

        Is everyone in the country on the make apart from me!!

        W.W.

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      • 134
        Mark Oaten says:

        I claimed for gardening, and for the gardener too!

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      • 167
        Alien8n says:

        Mr Oaten, I think you misunderstood. They said you could claim for a cottage in the country, not for cottaging in the country…

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      • 179
        David Cameron says:

        An uphill gardener Mark?

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        Cardinal del Monte says:

        Actually, Grayling, Maude, Lansley, and Gove are pretty big-time items, involving tens of thousands.

        I love the way that this particular round of revelations is outing the Conservative delegation on the blog. Their hand-wavy apologies are a joy to read.

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      All-A-Quiver says:

      Maybe, as Shadow Sec. of State for Wales, it was for the sheepdog.

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        idle says:

        She claimed for dog food.
        She’s a dog.
        What’s the fuss?

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      • 108
        Fragmeister says:

        Shame the stories don’t go back beyond about 2005 – Helen Clark, ex MP for Peterborough, had an uncanny resemblence to a horse. Did she put her oats on expenses?

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        going down the pan says:

        just seen cameron saying sorry is not enough! fucking right its not i want nothing less than prosecutions prison sackings public humiliation and most of all make these bastards pay back every fucking penny they have stolen off the people they claim to represent if you stole off your employer and dont forget we are their employers ,you would be in the dock looking at some serious pokie .i want this to run and run because these bastards know that people soon forget.

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        MonkeyBot5000 says:

        Helen Clarke MP did not eat horse oats. She existed solely on a diet of alcohol, self-righteousness and very loud domestic disputes.

        She lost her seat because people were fed up of our council tax increasing to cover the cost of the police being called out to her house all the time. That video of her being kicked out of a hotel bar was actually her on a good day.

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    • 35
      fidon't says:

      woof!

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    • 36
      Plato says:

      Blimey – is that it?

      No main homes 100/300 miles from Westminster, four homes in four years or three in one, no bog seats [black glittery or broken] etc…

      No wonder they left the Tories until a Monday.

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      It doesn't add up... says:

      Works out as a cheaper guard than Barbara Follet’s

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    • 63
      Carl Mason says:

      Bet Labour are worried, this is chicken shit compared to their offences.

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      Ashiata says:

      Brilliant crewegwyn!!

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      Ashiata says:

      Her dog is well known for performing laps of honour……

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    • 140

      As the wheels fall off the MP’s Gravy Train, we can enjoy the squirming of all those who have patently abused the system, and those who have created a system that
      can be abused (previously in private) “all within the rules”. Anyone who takes up the position of an MP must have the basic salary. No “additional costs” or whatever. If they don’t want the job they should stand aside and let others who can and will do the job of an MP. This whole episode has been an “education, education, education”.

      ps get rid of those horrible Winterton’s please while your at it……

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      • 197
        Anonymous says:

        But the wheels aren’t falling off unfortunately. They have just voted themselves a 17% increase in expenses allowances. They will just brazen this out and then carry on as before, but taking more care to camouflage their abuses in future.

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    • 223
      Ashiata says:

      What’s wrong with paying a local lad to trim your verge?????

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      • 325
        Dr Nuts says:

        And stay trim yourself while he’s bent over, nobody needs to know he’s your boyfriend.

        Then give him a nice salary – say £36,000?

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    • 313
      dick van dot says:

      tories just as sleazy out as in government and this just proves it

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      • 344

        Still proof that they are far less sleazy than the bunch of war criminal, poor making, thieving scum that claim to be Labour MPs.

        Go catch swine flu.

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  2. 2
    mark says:

    why`s the site been down so long?

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  3. 3
    mark says:

    Why`s my comments not showing up?

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  4. 4
    spongsdad says:

    Oh Shit! They really are all at it, aren’t they?

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    • 103
      Peter Grimes says:

      Mark Oaten says ‘No, they are not all at it, I hope!

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      Frankenswine says:

      To be fucking honest I’d do it…and I bet everyone else here would too. Including Guido. I’d claim anything I could. Mugs. The lot of yers.

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    digger says:

    osborne too..luvvin it.

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    Stronghold Barricades says:

    So these are quite small compared to the Labour stuff?

    What is DC’s response

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      thick as thieves says:

      tory troll, I will be compelled to bash your fucking brains out if you start trolling.
      understand?
      these thieves are stealing from us and you seek to differentiate between them?
      watch your fucking step sunshine.
      your name has been noted.

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    • 43
      Susie says:

      Dave (being a canny chappie) put out a directive over a year ago to the troops to watch their step expenses-wise.

      I really doubt there’ll be any spectaculars on public money, most of them have second jobs instead which is fine by me.

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        dissolve says:

        Even so if what GF headlines is right they are just as evil as the rest. Its smear by association now. Doesn’t matter if it were just a box of Kleenex none will now escape, dissolve the “Damned” parliament.

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        Droopy Drawers says:

        Here’s a thought: Why, if they knew this storm was brewing, did they not go one step further and get their OWN guidelines out for their own MPs? Or maybe even run Tory MP expenses through CCHQ before they got to the Fees Office? That makes far more sense.
        If Dave is so canny, he ought to know damned well that out of 200-300 MPs it’ll only take one or two to undo all the progress they’ve made over the last decade. They are still on probation; if Liebour hadn’t been found out, would the Tories be heading to victory or still treading water?

        There’s bound to be more than these 3 stories – DT is running with Diddy Duncans lawnmower puncture now….

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        Alien8n says:

        There’s at least 6 Tories who will be caught out troughing. That’s the number who refused to publish their expenses when Dave ordered them to. Anyone else caught out will be down to stupidity. As has been pointed out though, just because something is on the receipt doesn’t mean it was claimed for. The dog food may have been part of the weekly shopping, doesn’t mean the entire shopping bill was claimed for. These claims need to be investigated more thoroughly before they start being strung up for something they actually may be innocent of.

        Unlike the blatant piss taking by the likes of Labour with their multi million pound property portfolios paid for at our expense

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    • 62
      Steve says:

      Let’s wait until we see the details, but If those 3 stories above are all the Tories have to worry about then the Liebour troughers in today’s Telegraph will be shitting themselves.

      Claiming a night in a cheap hotel or the odd car seems reasonable enough, are going to be of the order of tens of pounds and can be easily repaid with some humble apologies.
      NOTE TO TORY MPs – DO NOT MENTION “THE SYSTEM”, just say that you’re sorry.

      Dave has to be harsh though on anyone who’s up to their neck in it, no matter who they are. He has to take a stand againsh the Liebour troughers refusing to apologise and the lame duck PM refusing so far to take any action on his own side.

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      • 97
        Stronghold Barricades says:

        Yes, apologise and give the money back

        Set the precedent and see if the others can match the example

        But call an election too

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  7. 10
    Gideon says:

    I swear to God I haven’t been putting my ching on expenses.
    Honest!

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    Gnome of Zurich says:

    We must tell the guardians a “noble lie.” The noble lie will inform them that they are better than those they serve and it is therefore their responsibility to guard and protect those lesser than themselves. We will instill in them a distaste for power or privilege; they will rule because they believe it right, not because they desire it.

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  9. 12
    Tom FD says:

    they better apologise (unlike their Labour counterparts) and pay all the money back. it’s not as if Gove and Osborne can’t afford it.

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    Anonymous says:

    Osborne chauffeurs Oh! blood great: from where-to-where I wonder?

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      Anonymous says:

      No doubt the BBC will get a yacht inserted somewhere in the story.

      FFS get after the serious troughers Balls and co why nothing on them??????

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      Ding ding Round Two says:

      Bloody disgrace why not a cab or walk.
      He better pay it all back plus interest so should the others.

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      1984 is a Labour Party instruction manual says:

      Well, Speaker Martin’s chauffeur’s trips were from his home to his favourite football club, Celtic FC.
      Maybe it was to meet up with his buddy, Dr John Reid, ex cabinet minister and now Chairman of Celtic FC.
      Is this better or worse than the taxi trips for his wife to go shopping in Harrods?
      Why is this man still in place and allowed to trough with impunity ?

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    Anonymous says:

    At least the BBC will be happy. Over the weekend, they seemed to getting more and frantic that there were no nasty Tories abusing the allowances. Strange how over the many years of the Lobby not a single BBC reporter drew attention to the potential (let alone actual) abuse of MPs’ allowances.

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        Fook blaming the system. Look at the MPs, Councillors, etc being selected. That Parties will not do anything about. Iti is them to blame. Just because the new sexual offences regulations are so badly written, it does not mean everyone should go out and rape each other.

        Blaming “the system”, is like the murderer of Baby P blaming Social Services. The fact that they were rubbish, does not let you off being a scum.

        Scum is scum. Cheating is cheating.

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    the barking barclays says:

    You bitch.

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  13. 18
    The Admiral says:

    “There is a heck of a lot to round-up this morning” Guido.

    You weren’t ‘flipping’ kidding were you…………….!! :)

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    Anonymous says:

    I guess when the BBC pick this up it will be headlined on all bulletins and dominate their web pages.

    Or maybe, just maybe it will be in proportion to their coverage of the Liebour swine.

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    Anonymous says:

    Dear Mark you numpty – your comments do show up – but they show up under the message you reply to – not at the bottom of the list of comments. Go on take a look and thee shall findeth.

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    Anonymous says:

    If this is all they’ve got on the Tories then Cameron has nothing to worry about.

    This stuff, whilst unacceptable, pales into insignificance compared to what Labour have been uto.

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    • 38

      Exactly… it may be wrong but not purposely against the spirit to ensure maximum troughing.
      …but then the DT says the conservatives have been ‘flipping’ too, so we’ll soon see if there’s a divide.

      oh, and ‘Mark’… “Comment moderation is enabled. Your comment may take some time to appear.”

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    • 53
      John says:

      This stuff so far does not seem as bad as Labour, but time will tell.

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    Johnny says says:

    The Conservatives – an altogether better class of troughing. Not much of an election slogan but it’s a start.

    I wonder if Nick Brown stuck his opera tickets on expenses.
    The dog food – Is the dog guarding Cheryl? Cheaper than Follett’s claims.
    Chauffer for Osborne: Is he too short to reach the pedals? Surely he’s seen Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

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      1984 is a Labour Party instruction manual says:

      Rather than “Vote Blair, Get Brown”
      This time “Vote Brown, Get Rich”
      Or.. “Vote Brown, Fill your boots”

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    Susie says:

    I thought the Telegraph had been told to back off by Mandy/Campbell/Woolas and Moran…

    I thought that’s clever of them it would mean the Telegraph can’t proceed with publishing the opposition parties MP’s expense claims.

    They remind me of this rabbit in the headlights last night — first it froze, then it started running the other way, then changed it’s mind and ran back again, right under the wheels of the car… RIP silly bunny.

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    Anonymous says:

    Having never heard of Cheryl Gillian, a Google says she is Shadow Secretary of State for Wales. That would explain the dog food, all good Welsh secretarys have a sheep dog as part of their duties.

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    Anonymous says:

    Now that there’s a bit of dirt on a few Tories it will be all over the BBC and Panorama will do a one hour special on it, while ignoring the far greater abuses by Labour MPs and govt ministers.

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      Anonymous says:

      correct

      Foe example see the so called Yachtgate

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      Anonymous says:

      It started. The BBC web site have headlines on big a red banner – “Tory MP Duncan ‘claimed for garden’ “.

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        Sarah says:

        But if you read further you’ll see that he put in a claim for gardening but officials refused to pay it because it wasn’t covered by the rules. He later claimed and got £598 to overhaul a ride-on lawn-mower – jeez, call the police.

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      Phil's Tampons says:

      Exactly.

      Just wait and see how the BBC report it.

      I’m not making any excuses for thieving Tory MPs but from what i can see the Labour lot are a whole lot worse, and they are the pricks that have been in power for the last 12 years.

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    DT Editor says:

    Nice one, sir. I like it up me. Will you be cancelling your subscription?

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  22. 33
    Mr Ned says:

    It is time for all the pissed off people of the UK to vote for a local independent candidate. If you merely spoil your ballots, then it sends an ignorable message to the criminals and they will stay in power. However, there are enough people to get behind local candidates nationally to defeat labour and the tories and the liberal democrats too. We are NOW in the clear majority of the UK.

    If you do not want to vote, (or you know people that don’t) because they are disgusted with those in power, but see no practical alternative. Let it be known that they are the MAJORITY. They have the power, (should they choose to use it) to remove these criminals, thieves and traitors from power.

    We do not have much time left and we MUST use that time to show the non-voters that they DO have the power at the next election.

    It is time for peaceful, lawful revolution.

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      Anonymous says:

      Dat soonds good ti ma

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    • 338
      pete_dtm says:

      but if there IS NO alternative : do not be apathetic & not vote; the hoons take that as approval !

      So either vote FOR some one; OR SPOIL your ballot; a 20% or 30% spoilt ballot would remove ANY claim to having a mandate

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    Anonymous says:

    Phils Woolas has been caught blatantly lying about his claim for women’s clothes and nappies, by the Telegraph. The man really is a shameless and brazen liar:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5301789/MPs-expenses-Phil-Woolas-in-row-over-shoes-and-nail-polish.html

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    • 48

      I fondly remember the days when, if a politician was embroiled in a scandal involving nail polish and ladies’ shoes, he was a Tory, and he was buying them for personal gratificiation. How times have changed.

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    • 71
      John says:

      Poor old Phil Woolas fell for the usual press trap, deny very quickly and the paper prints further proof. I guess the legal case he has hs just disappeared.

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        Phyllis Woolas says:

        The blouse looked very nice in the DT; quite ministerial.

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        W.W. says:

        All the fool has done is keep his name in the headlines even longer.

        Mind you, everyone knows he is a useless, nast piece of shit.

        Very representitive of the Labour Party.

        W.W.

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    • 106
      Anonymous says:

      I wouldn’t take that to court my Woolas…very shaky grounds.

      Another Aitken scenario I would think

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      HMRC says:

      Woolas is ranting that the receipts don’t mean he got paid that amount – what a complete plonker doesn’t he realize the cats of the bag – they have bank account details you eejit – someone is now going to produce evidence of him being paid just that amount – talk about digging a hole

      Also loved Ali’s comment that MP’s should not “abuse the system” & this from the guy who ably assisted by Blair et’al lied to all & sundry in order to start an illegal war

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  24. 39
    Anonymous says:

    Err….maybe they’re all as bad as each other, and anyone attempting to score party-political points out of this one is going to look like an idiot?

    Of course, Cameron can more easily get the upper hand here, if he plays his cards right, by sacking the worst offenders. Brown will find doing so difficult, as some of the worst ones are people he needs to keep in government, ’cause if they’re outside they’ll knife him without thinking twice about it (tax-dodging Blears being the most obvious example here).

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      Anonymous Tory MP says:

      We are all as bad as each other but I get my 300 (note) guineas worth of sandwiches a month from Harrrods or M&S whereas The Socialists get their £400 worth from Lidl. QED – I’m better.

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      grobdj says:

      Blears’ solution is to get a group of ‘ordinary people’ with the independent body together to work out a fair system

      Sounds like Brown putting words in her mouth, only he would draw a distinction between himself and ‘ordinary people’

      The ‘ordinary people’ selected for this narrow task should tell them to go and hang

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    Max says:

    Gordon McBroon blamed “the system”; I think he said “our MP’s are too thick to understand anything and are guided therefore by the Union and the general principle that we are owed stuff”. However where the tories are concerned he suggested “they are all privileged toffs who had a private education and should have known better”. John Prescott commented “Oi, fook me Pauline, them tories have managed to claim for underfloor heating to their outdoor tennis courts; we was robbed only claiming for them bog seats! Don’t lean on that pillar luv it’s not really Tudor you know.”

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    • 146
      THe silent majority says:

      According to the Sunday Times a ‘senior’ labour MP has alleged that Martin said “I have been a trade union rep all my life. I did not come into politics NOT to take what is owed to me” Shameless bastard but it explains a lot

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        MickeySpeaker says:

        the shop stewards have taken over the House. Bring back Maggie !

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        Hacked_off says:

        At least these shop stewards get elected, or not. If they are in a ‘safe’ liebour seat of course they will get back in regardless

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    • 191
      Reds Under The Bed says:

      Oink oink.

      Who’s there?

      Two.

      Two who?

      Two Bogs Prescott – can I come in and have a dump? I’ve blocked mine again.

      Fuck off you fat scrounging foetid lump of dung.

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  26. 43
    Anonymous says:

    from Telegraph

    Alan Duncan claimed thousands for gardening
    The senior Tory MP who oversees the party’s policy on MPs’ expenses claimed thousands of pounds for his garden – but stopped after agreeing with the fees office that his expenditure “could be considered excessive”.

    total twatnand he should apologise repay and / or stand down.

    Its still not anything as bad as Labour though.

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      Anonymous says:

      I don’t like it but it pales into nothingness comapered to Hoon, Darling, Blears and others though you wouldn’t think so from listening to the BBC tonight.

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        Weasel says:

        or from listening to them this morning although BBC breakfast is also still having a go at Blears, supporting theories that No10 is hanging her out to dry

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      Augeas says:

      He’ll have an uphill struggle to stay in his job

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    • 222
      Steve says:

      First Tory hoon – Cameron should sack him from the shadow cabinet, he should repay the money and humbly apologise for his abuse of tax payers’ funds.
      His local party should look at deselecting him at the next election, as with all the other hoons out there…

      Still not in the same league as claiming 4 properties in 4 years though, or claiming for a shag pad 150 miles away…

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      Alien8n says:

      Works out about 22 quid a week. To be fair they’re allowed to hire someone to mow the lawn, so at 6 quid an hour that’s 4 hour’s work a week.

      How big is his garden?

      And is he claiming for 1 garden or 2?

      Either way not that excessive when compared to a 30k gardening bill is it?

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    Anonymous says:

    BBC news 24 are going to town on these relatively minor claims by a few Tories, hyping it up as if they are ten times more serious than the infinitely worse abuses by Labour cabinet ministers.

    Typically blatant bloody BBC Labour bias.

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      Nigel Singh says:

      At least we know where we stand with the BBC. Somewhere between Cloud 9 and Cuckoo Land.

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  28. 46
    Anonymous says:

    Oh dear, Harmen_pride isn’t going to like this, Ambrose Sulk will be inconsolable – is that it?

    I hope it is. But if that’s it, why have the Tories been so quiet?

    HP & AS are the only ones stupid enough to try and equate this with the zanulaba piggies – and we haven’t even had the balls yet!

    And what’s this I hear about McMoralComparse using our taxes to pay for the cleaning of his “girlfriend’s” flat? Shurely shome mishtake?

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      Subversive Mrs. Mop says:

      He thinks I clean it but I just mosey around with a duster, gobbing everywhere. Money for old rope.

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      Stronghold Barricades says:

      Does he have a gamekeeper too?

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    • 152

      Sloped garden?

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      It doesn't add up... says:

      Most of the Duncan story is ancient – it goes back over his property dealings in Smith Square and Rutland (his constituency)in the 1990s, and in a way known only too well in the BBC newsroom or the No 10 bunker, seeks to smear him by association with deeds of others at oil trading companies Marc Rich and Vitol – none of which has anything to do with expenses anyway. Apart from his gardening bills, he is just one of many who claimed maximum ACA on mortgage interest.

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    Reds Under The Bed says:

    Of course Gove stayed at the Garrick. He’s a spotty little oik who aspires to sit at the top table of Tory toffs.

    He should have stayed at The Times – he was an excellent features editor and leader writer.

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  31. 51
    strapworld says:

    Cameron must demand that they pay all the money back.

    As for Chauffeurs, one must wait to discover if it was official business, or not. IF NOT he must be sacked!

    Theatre tickets! that is a complete disgrace. It matters. Not the size but the fact that they did it! Gove, for all his brilliance must be sacked.

    The shadow minister for wales must be sacked.

    Cameron MUST be seen to be decisive and in charge. I note he has not sacked the indiviodual in yesterday’s list of criminals.

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      Peter Grimes says:

      One really must wait!

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    • 124
      Anonymous says:

      Steady on old troll…try to keep a grip.

      That kind of stuff can be sorted out publicly, the worst troughers need to go to court, and they (so far) are in zanulabia.

      One does need to try to not sound like a labia-apologist and scheming troll…don’t you

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    • 127
      nell says:

      Official business? – Michael Martin in his home constituency was being ferried to football matches in a jag on expenses – was that official business? or was that recompense as he saw it ? He told a senior MP ” I have been a trade unionist all my life and I came into parliament to take what is owed me” This man is a crook.

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        THe silent majority says:

        It’s also claimed he used a chauffeur to visit a Job Center – think he knows something we don’t :smile:

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  32. 52
    Peter says:

    Cameron should withdraw the whip from Gray, sending a clear message that he is serious about sorting things out,

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  33. 57
    Henry Cargill says:

    That all they’ve got? Big deal.

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  34. 58
    Anonymous says:

    A can of Butchers tripe is hardly in the same league as womens clothing and makeup.

    Mr Woolas beats Miss Gillian by a country mile in the expenses piss take. Is that the best the Tories can do?

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    Fragmeister says:

    I notice that one numpty at Labour Home was moaning that the Bradshaw story was homophobic. Since Alan Duncan has claimed plenty for mowing his lawns, is this homophobic too?

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  36. 60
    Anonymous says:

    Apart from these few minor incidents the Tories seem to be in the clear.

    Time for Cameron to go for the jugular of this disgustingly sleazy and corrupt government!

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  37. 65
    Anonymous says:

    Is that all there is for the Tories? Much ado about nothing.

    99% of the sleaze, greed, and downright thieving has come from the Labour benches and cabinet ministers in particular.

    Cameron should rip Brown a new arsehole and demand an election now.

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    Cartman says:

    Is that it? Very disappointed.

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  39. 72
    Anonymous says:

    I am curious to know how far Hazel Blears activity is criminal. To tell parliament that her second home is one place and the Inland Revenue that it is another smacks of illegality. Tony McNulty has had a complaint laid against him. Guido how about making a complaint to Greater Manchester Police about the activities of the Poison Dwarf? Her husband is a solicitor so she has probably had some good advice about how to avoid CGT. In the same way how can an MP in Luton living in London claim for a home in Southampton just as it needs some work doing to it at the taxpayers expense. Guido – how about complaining about her as well. At this moment in time I rather wish that I was registered to vote in a variety of constituencies. It doesn’t matter which political party they belong to they need to go. Their attempts at defending the indefinsible are pathetic. Mind you, they are small timers compared with Fred Goodwin.

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      Papasmurf says:

      “To tell parliament that her second home is one place and the Inland Revenue that it is another smacks of illegality.”

      One must be a lie….. lying on the tax return is a criminal offence, lying to parliament a sacking / resigning matter….. either way she should go.

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      • 204
        Anonymous says:

        An accountant on 5 Lies this morning said that you only needed to nominate your main home 1 week before sale to avoid the previous 3 years CGT. Could be her Get Out of Jail Free card.

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      THe silent majority says:

      Wrong What Fred the shred did was just plain stupid whereas what nulabour have done is almost certainly criminal

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        Nuremberg for banksters says:

        Wrong! Fred the Shred and his bankster mates are white collar crims who destroyed the banking system and must be brought to book.

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  40. 76
    David Cameron says:

    The DT has got fucking bugger all on me chummy!

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  41. 78
    Anonymous says:

    Things must be tough in S/W Euro if they have to call in Billy Hague to support.Did he mention expenses,sailors or account keeping during his visit I wonder?

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  42. 79
    Theaetetus says:

    You can shove your Republic up your fundament GoZ

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  43. 82
    Dino says:

    On the BBC now, “Breaking News”

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8043057.stm

    Breaking news? Yep, its those Nasty Nasty Tories again, its all their fault, they made the Labour boys do it. And it started in America.

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  44. 83
    Anonymous says:

    Andrew Porter, Damian McBride’s flunkey at the Telegraph, is still doing his master’s dirty work:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5304821/MPs-expenses-Telegraph-investigation-shifts-to-Conservatives.html

    Isn’t it time Porter was sacked for helping make a once great newspaper a laughing stock?

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  45. 84
    Colonel Madd says:

    The mystery of Mr and Mrs Balls deepens by the day……………………

    HAS THE TELEGRAPH GOT A SUFFICIENTLY ENORMOUS TREASURE TROVE OF DIRT TO KEEP THIS ONE RUNNING THROUGH THE WEEK AND THEN DUMP ON THE UNAPPETISING DUO NEXT SUNDAY??

    …………OR ARE THEY WAITING FOR BLINKY TO BE HANDED DARLING’S JOB BEFORE POURING COLD SHIT ALL OVER THE CNUT??

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    • 135
      Anonymous says:

      I’ve read that the Telegraph is protecting Balls and Cooper for some reason.

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      • 195
        Grumpy Old Man says:

        Possibly because Ed’n Yvette have secured an injunction silencing the DT?

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    • 207
      Stronghold Barricades says:

      I’m interested in this

      Explaining away their property empire, their home, and where their children go to school

      Like

    • 341
      Sungei Patani says:

      Could it be that there is no sleaze to disclose about them? Surely not!

      Like

  46. 89
    Indigo (dog-owner) says:

    …. claimed for dog food.

    *scream*

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    • 104
      Gurning Gorgon's Video Productions says:

      Guido,

      Dish the dirt on Balls and Cooper.

      You know you want to..

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  47. 92
    Mitch says:

    Alan Duncan would need help with his gardening……its all uphill.

    Come on someone,anyone where is the Testicles expense claims?

    Guido please,please,please,please find some I will give you the unopened bottle of bushmills I bought to toast Ireland toasting the Lisbon capitulation.

    Will even consider my Glenmorangie that I’m saving for election night.

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  48. 96

    I can’t say I’m surprised. Did anyone think the Telegraph would go hard on the Tories?

    And Mr Ned – you have an option. There’s an Independent standing in every region at the Euro Elections.

    http://wwwthepartysover.blogspot.com/

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  49. 98
    lololol says:

    My mrs keeps asking why hasn’t queenie been on the telly to tell us she dissolved this nest of vipers club called the House of Commons,my answer is to shrug my shoulders,because I wish I knew why not.

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  50. 99
    Anonymous says:

    Anyone expecting to hear about the sleazy Balls/Coopers in the Telegraph is going to be disappointed. Balls is well in with the editors and some journos and has an agreement to keep him and his weird missus out of all this.

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    • 122
      Anonymous says:

      So what about the rest of the media then? Mail, Times , blogosphere ?

      The longer the silence goes on the worse it will be for them as they can’t hide among the herd. In any case I don’t think they’ll be unique as all MP couples Wintertons etc. will be subject to extra scrutiny

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      • 276
        Alien8n says:

        Remember, the Telegraph bought a *copy* of the full expenses list. If the list published in July is as heavily censored as we think it will be I expect a more Tory leaning newspaper might by an uncensored copy.

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    • 129
      Anonymous says:

      Roll on July

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      • 142
        Anonymous says:

        Don’t raise your hopes about the expenses being released in July. By then they will have been heavily censored, particularly all the stuff relating to second homes. It’s called redacting.

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    • 139
      Anonymous says:

      When the official list of expenses come out and there is any hint of greed by Mr Mrs Balls then the Telegraph needs to be shunned.

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    • 184
      It doesn't add up... says:

      not too Keen on Wintertons either, but a quincunx (described by my maths teacher as “a load of Balls”) would be a delight:

      http://www.jcu.edu/math/isep/Quincunx/Quincunx.html

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  51. 101
    Anonymous says:

    Why is Gove a target?

    Surely charging for overnight stays in London is the whole idea?

    Much better than three houses…..

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    • 150
      tweek says:

      Indeed

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    • 176
      Alex says:

      Agreed. In fact Gove should be commended for his thrift. London clubs are usually less expensive than hotels in the West End. The only problem is that I can’t see at least half of the MPs being admitted as members.

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      • 189
        It doesn't add up... says:

        You are Groucho Marx and I claim my £5

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      • 270
        Alien8n says:

        The whole point of the Garrick was to be setup as a refuge for the gentlemen of the time and a safe haven to retreat to when an overnight stay was required.

        Many clubs even had permanent residents who could be found sitting in their smoking jackets, pipe in hand and a gin and tonic to sooth the affects of malaria caught while serving Her Majesty in the Punjab.

        The fact that a serving MP would actually wish to use the Garrick for the very reason it was created in the first place is hardly a surprise.

        (Surprising note, all new members have to be voted on by existing members. So did Stephen Fry allow Ken Clarke in or was it the other way round?)

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  52. 107
    Anonymous says:

    Alan Duncan claimed £4,000 for gardening over a four year period. David Miliband claimed £30,000 for gardening in for a much shorter time period.

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    • 148
      Unpalatable Truth says:

      And what did Michael Ancram (sp?) calim for de mossing his roof/lawn or was it de thatching. You get my drift.

      The point is that the Tories until 12 months ago were as equally bad.

      I am neither a troll nor a Lefty but you look get all orgasmic over the Camerhoon clan believing them to be the next saviours. They are not. Granted they cannot be any worse than the current shower.

      Wait till the real story of Alan Duncan comes out and his dealings in the oil world….
      DC you have enough gays in the party, dump the bitch. You need to be squeaky clean from now.

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  53. 109
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Because the MSM ,bloggers and the Meeja are doing all the shit-stirring for them. Why take the chance for Labour to wriggle off the hook whining about opportunism when everythings going so well?

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  54. 110
    DT Editor says:

    Yup, sir. She’s a Marxist within an enigma within a Riddle.

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  55. 111
    Weedykiller says:

    Of course it is, what the hell has gardening got to do with his job, (Shadow minister for Parks and Gardens he is not) the fool must go tomorrow.

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  56. 112
    Long Grass says:

    Ooohhh Ducky – never heard it called that – but the right person can ‘mow my lawn’ any time they like!

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  57. 113
    The big D says:

    Tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick ping.

    Cameron’s chance to reach for the moral high ground timer ended.

    The politicians of all hues still do not realise how low they have sunk in public regard.

    All the political faces appearing in the last two days have two traits; an amazing blink rate, (slower for the better liars) and the belief that the system is at fault.

    From Slaughter yesterday trying to blame the civil service for the problem to Liam Fox this morning saying if we insist on cutting parliamentary salaries too much there is a risk of only rich people running for parliament.

    They really do not understand. The Nazis at Nuremberg found that following the rules was a useless defence, how is this modern version any better.

    The proposed new audit for expenses does nothing. It does not matter how well the forms are filled in if the basis for the system is wrong.

    MPs have know for nearly two years that revelation of their expenses was heading toward them. They have done nothing, and putting their fingers in their ears and singing la la la isn’t going to fix this one or make it go away.

    I am sad that the parties cannot find anyone in their compliment who can stand up and say they knew it was wrong and they would resolve it.

    In a previous post I thought that just a majority of the inhabitants of the house of commons would need replacement by independents, now it seems that they all do.

    The final insult is the transfer of power to the EU. Nearly 80% of UK law is decided by Brussels. We pay £13 billion a year for the “privilege”. Most of the laws are imposed “as is”, no debate needed. Have MPs moderated their pay and allowances by 80%?

    Dire Straits had it right with the track Money for Nothing, The country is in dire straits and the politicians get money for nothing. Life imitating art?

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  58. 115
    Anonymous says:

    After reading the “headlines ” on here decided to pop over and see what the BBC News front page was saying to it,well what a surprise…Duncans “gardening expenses ” claim is main story but also accompanied by highlighted ” Breaking News ” scrolling banner,now could anyone tell me if any Labour Mp s received similar publicity ? I used to think people were going a bit over the top in their slating of the BBC for its Labour bias but truly actions speak louder than words.

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    • 132
      The Director of Politically Correct 'n Convenenient Troof at AlJaBeeba says:

      what do you expect?

      We are loyal to the Leader of Our Party, – He who has saved the world (3x), launched a satellite broadcasting HIS Message of Love and Redistributive Brotherhood to the world, and announcing the latest TRACTOR PRODUCTION FIGURES!!!

      Get real!!

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    • 143
      Voice of the Resistance says:

      The BBC has always had a government office with internal control. Always.

      Labour’s got it used to spinning now for so long it’s so obvious.

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    • 145
      Anonymous says:

      me too, they really are a shower of shit

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      • 227
        Anonymous says:

        You are aware that there are about 20 Mark Oaten’s on here waiting for a comment like that?

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    • 155
      Mitch says:

      Didn’t think anyone looked at the BBC news anymore I salute you ……..now go wash your hands and bleach your eyeballs………bbc news…….hahahha……oh dear……

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  59. 118
    Anonymous says:

    That may be true, but it doesn’t stop anybody else doing something……..e.g. Mr. Fawkes.

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  60. 121
    Mz. Minger the Moronic Whinger says:

    Never mind all this stuff – when is someone going to apologise for digging the dirt on my shag-fest in Sarf’ampton?

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  61. 123
    It all started in America you bastards!!!!! says:

    No Tory house swapping then? If the Tories look less sleazy than Liebour the BBC are going ot be well pissed off.

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  62. 130
    Anonymous says:

    Who cares? The Tories aren’t in power haven’t been for years. If they ever are again, then they will know how not to behave, or get caught out and suffer.

    It’s the piggy’s who are in power gorging in the troughs while many little piglets go without that should be culled for setting such a bad porker example.

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  63. 131
    Peter the Pedant says:

    Isn’t her name Gillan?

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  64. 137
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Guido. I’ve had 3 comments removed. Have I upset you?

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  65. 141
    Hazel's Pride says:

    It was not the inteniton of any member of parliament to cause offence by the way things have been getting more expensive in running the affairs of state because the affairs of state have brought us so much prosperity.

    Now in a slight downturn people are blaming the Labour party where it was twelve years of Tory rule before Blair saved the NHS which led to our current situation.

    Gordon Brown is just one man. A Good man. and I support him. He has saved millions of children from poverty and expanded education for all. If you want to enjoy sliding into penury vote Tory and see what those capitalist millionaires do with their expenses soon. You’ve never had it so good.

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    • 149
      Anonymous says:

      cuuuuuunt

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    • 162
      resurgemus says:

      I see Charles Hardwidge has had a gender change – been mixing it with cabinet ministers over the weekend ?

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    • 193
      Moley says:

      It might not have been their inteniton to swindle us all but it was certainly their intention.

      It isn’t as if spell checking is complicated.

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    • 194
      The big D says:

      Keep taking the medication and ask for stronger. The current dosage is not working or are you one of the lobotomized ones?

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      • 261
        Woolas Pride says:

        Gordon has not only saved the world but I have helped him do it.

        What’s wrong with claiming for some tampons and nail polish?

        If you stupid little tax paying fools would just shut up and go away I and the New Labour Movement will rightfully rule for a thousand years. Ha ha ha…

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    • 234
      THe silent majority says:

      Bullshit hazel

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    • 237
      VotR says:

      Unfortunately we are not living in good times, right now, Ms. Pride. Unless you are an MP, eh? MP’s have never had it so good, it would seem.

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    • 272
      Anonymous says:

      Indeed Hazel, and the tractor stats are looking good again. Now don’t forget to deliver those leaflets, will you? There’s a good girl.

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    • 289
      English Liberation Front says:

      What are you, some kind of spokesperson for parliament?

      “You’ve never had it so good.”

      Really, I’d hate to experience bad then. This 12 years of national socialist misrule has been nothing but misery.

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    • 300
      Alien8n says:

      Blair saved the NHS?

      Fuck off.

      Try telling that to my brother who died in fucking agony after the surgeon bit off more than he could chew, leaving him blind, partially deaf and paralysed and with pneumonia, not even allowed the simplest painkilling drugs so that every breath he took left him wishing he’d fucking died on the operating table. And that’s after they refused to bring him into hospital 2 months earlier when he bled so much his front room looked like an abattoir. And before that he had to spend an extra 2 months in hospital after the previous op when he contracted c-diff. This government has fucked up the NHS. The reason the waiting lists are so short is that they take you off the list if it looks like they’ll miss targets. Bring back the Tory NHS prior to 1997 when you at least knew that if you got into hospital late you had a chance of actually getting out after your operation without contracting a fatal disease.

      And try telling the old people in Brighton how brilliant the NHS is under Labour when it took a whistleblower to show the despicable state that the elderly were being cared for, left without even a drink of water all day.

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    • 301
      Alien8n says:

      “Alien8n says:
      Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

      Sorry, but I refuse to self censor any part of what I wrote. I stand by everything I wrote and hope Guido allows it to be posted as soon as possible.

      Hazel’s Pride, you’re a f**king hoon

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    • 324
      Hacked_off says:

      Funniest post today, claim your tin of dog food.

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    • 342
      Sungei Patani says:

      He saved millions of children from poverty? He landed millions of children with a huge debt!

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  66. 154
    Anonymous says:

    The Tories must be breathing a sigh of relief tonight. Their misdemeanours are nothing compared to Labour’s troughing.

    I hope Cameron and Clegg are going to spit-roast Brown over this at PMQs this Wednesday.

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  67. 157

    Nice one – good to see the biter bit.

    We were just beginning to think there was nothing more to get angry about, and that we’d peaked on the story OUR money going down OUR toilets, but clearly there’s a lot more to come.

    Bring it on

    .

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  68. 161
    pitcard says:

    Gove claiming for the Garrick – depends on how much he claimed per stay, and if he lives outside London.

    Tax rules state that its £120 per night that you can offset against your tax bill. But only if your main residence is outside London.

    If Gove is claming way over that , then its another example of one rule for them, one rule for the rest of us.

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    • 228
      It doesn't add up... says:

      Remember, tax rules don’t apply. It’s the Green book

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    • 230
      John says:

      The government have special rates with most hotels, so it may well be that the claim for the hotel is not as much as you would pay and within limits.

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    • 236
      Alien8n says:

      That works if you’re self employed. MPs come under their own heading. Not self employed, but not employed as such either. As such he can claim for hotels without worrying about the tax if the money is paid for by the employer, in this case HM Gov.

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  69. 163
    Anonymous says:

    I hate Gove, stupid voice

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  70. 164
    acceber says:

    Duncan doesn’t need to resign, his gardening expenses arn’t even as bad as his colleague, Gummer’s! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5301734/John-Gummer-claimed-more-than-9000-a-year-for-gardening-on-MPs-expenses.html

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  71. 165
    Anonymous says:

    Duncan claims 4k for gardening, David Miliband claims 30k for a shorter period.

    Do the maths!

    ps BBC ignore Miliband’s far bigger claim but go large tonight on Duncan’s.

    BBC bias?

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    • 231
      Anonymous says:

      The BBC need to be utterly exterminated. With all the other channels available they are a pointless waste of money anyway and no one believes anything they say any longer. I hardly watch them anymore I think QT is about my lot now.

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    • 244

      BBC Bias?
      Pope Catholic?
      Bears shit in Woods?

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  72. 166
    ian hislop says:

    He made a complete twat of himself on have i got news taking the piss out of JS. He looks worse now. Cameron should cut the twunt loose now he’s constantly sucking up to Harperson and it gets right on my tits.

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  73. 171
    A pedantic w***er says:

    Anyone got a number for Alan Duncan’s gardener – at £6 an hour he can come and do my borders…

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  74. 181
    Anonymous says:

    The MPs have now got a legitimate reason to claim for security patrols.

    Let’s see those £25000 receipts mount up.

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  75. 183
    Anonymous says:

    Alan Duncan is no great loss Dave. Make him the sacrificial goat and show Gordon what you’re made of.

    Gordon will probably tit for tat with Hazel Blears, no great loss there either.

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    • 221
      resurgemus says:

      Look on the bright we won’t have to put up with Duncan on HIGNFY for a very long time

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      • 239
        Papasmurf says:

        He MUST have known he was going to be ‘outed’ after he blatently admitted that they should be paid more….. or was that irony?

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  76. 186
    BREAKING NEWS! says:

    Ed Balls claims for penis enlargement

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    • 246
      Anonymous says:

      But wouldn’t that be justifiable as part of his job, given his role as Gordon’s bum chum?

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  77. 187
    A Pensioner says:

    Something going on at the DT. No mention of the Ballses and any comment relating to them on the blogs is culled. Must be legal stuff happening.

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  78. 188
    Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know a good ratcatcher? Luton MP Margaret Moran has got an infestation at her shagpad in Southampton.

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  79. 196
    Anonymous says:

    He must be a filthy twat if he has to pay his poor old brother six grand to clean up after him

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  80. 198
    Alan Duncan says:

    I can’t believe it, I under claimed by £126 out of £129k over 6 years, but then accountancy isn’t my strong point.

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  81. 199
    Swiss Bob says:

    Guido,

    I don’t know why you bother. From what Bell-end says there will be no analysis of whhat’s been stolen, only new rules which will make everything legit. See the hoon on Ch4 News via YouTube: SIR STUART BELL MP – WE’RE KEEPING ALL THE MONEY SO PISS OFF.

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  82. 201
    Shazaam says:

    Our Parliament is an ancient and hallowed institution. Isn’t it time that control of its halls and debating chambers was was wrested back from the tribe of morally corrupted political pygmies who currently infest it?

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  83. 205
    Anonymous says:

    Hazel’s usual smirk had gone. She looked like she’d not slept for a week and had been blubbing her eyes out.

    Perhaps she’s unhappy that Brown and his gang are trying to fit her up as the scapegoat.

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    • 258
      nell says:

      Politics is a dirty business especially if you’re labour. Phil Hope, Tom Watson, Hazel Blears – all about to be abandoned by Gordon along with several dozen others including that Luton person(What’s her name??), as he tries to make his government squeaky clean. What a laugh!!

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    • 267
      jerry says:

      “Politics is a dirty business.”

      Who do you think you are nell, Mark Oaten?

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  84. 209
    Jackie says:

    Can I calim for Kleenex for my husband?

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  85. 216
    nell says:

    We are all thinking Her Majesty should dissolve parliament – I believe she has the power to do it . I appreciate that it isn’t a power that has been exercised since William IV in 1835 so would be best that she didn’t risk that. However PM has a regular meeting with her every Tuesday , I really hope that she wat least “a la Joanna Lumley” be telling him that he and his Ministers are “not fit for purpose “(please could you please give Joanna Lumley an MBE or something) – please Ma-am force the issue with Gordon and make him call an immediate election.

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  86. 217
    Anonymous says:

    This is very good news for Cameron. He can now sack his two weakest links and get a shedload of Brownie points in the process.

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  87. 220
    Fragmeister says:

    For a bit of light relief, go over to http://www.labourlist.org/labourlist-leadership-poll and push a few buttons. I suggest Joanna Lumley should stay as Labour leader, or something like that, but now I realise she might win an election.

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  88. 225
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    You are a slack-jawed twatophobe.

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  89. 232
    Anonymous says:

    Alan Duncan’s “crime” is petty compared to the mountain of sleaze and greed enveloping Labour cabinet ministers.

    If that’s the best the Telegraph can throw at the Tories then they have nothing to worry about.

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  90. 238
    Anonymous says:

    So, what happened to the “Complete Hoon” that you promised us Guido?

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  91. 242
    Blears, Smith, Harman, Jowell and May says:

    Since Cheryl claimed for dog food, can we get anything from the Fees Offie for our pussies?

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  92. 248
    The Accountant says:

    This move to introduce an independent audit for expenses is total bollocks designed to get this off the front page,which is all they are really worried about. Whoever checks the claims will still report to trougher Martin. The plan is,once that happens, the independent auditors (for whom we are paying) will either get leaned on or shelved and troughing will begin again.

    Ditto the HMRC investigation -let’s face it every other investigation has been dropped or never found anyone guilty. They also took forever,so they became yesterday’s news.

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  93. 252
    Anonymous says:

    I wonder if this is one of those false senses of security and just at the point everyone breathes out again the shit really hits the fan.

    Or maybe the Tories have finally learned the lesson?

    With all the previous reports just can’t figure out why Balls is not mentioned anywhere.

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  94. 253
    BOFL http://ageofkali.blogspot.com/ says:

    WHAT A BUNCH OF SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAYS!!!!

    love this from woolas…………Mr Woolas has described the expenses records as “stolen property”, and insisted that only the redacted versions of receipts, with key details blanked out by the Commons authorities, should be put in the public domain.

    so its not for us minions to see what you have done with our stolen money then phil?
    you are such a piece of sh1t and are so lucky to have you?

    dissolve Parliament and re-open Tyburn!

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    • 262
      reg says:

      Time to set Joanna Lumley on him again.

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    • 263
      Anonymous says:

      Stolen property is nail varnish, tampons, panty liners, kids’ comics and….£210 worth. Give it all back (unless you’ve personally used them all).

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    • 280
      Anonymous says:

      Woolas lied about not claiming for womens clothes, nappies etc. The Telegraph have rechecked the receipts and have him bang to rights.

      Lying little transvestite turd.

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  95. 259
    Anonymous says:

    A poster on http://www.politicalbetting.com puts it nicely into perspective:

    £4K over three years for gardening? Truly disgraceful. What’s Duncan playing at when he could have been claiming £6500 for a cleaner, flipping his main residence 4 times in a year, claiming back a £22,000 bill for dry rot treatment on a holiday home, or dodging CGT. He hasn’t even claimed for some adult films!

    When it comes to milking the system, the man clearly has no business sense. Time for him to go.

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  96. 265

    [...] (4)February 2005 (2)January 2005 (4)December 2004 (1)November 2004 (3) Guido has run a spoiler on the Telegraph saying+++ Gove Claimed for Nights at Garrick ++++++ Osborne Claimed for Chauffeurs [...]

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  97. 269

    [...] Alan Duncan (left) is in the firing line for claiming £4,000 to cover the cost of a gardener and Guido Fawkes has broken the news that Shadow Chancellor George Osborne claimed for chauffeurs, Michael Gove claimed for stays at the [...]

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  98. 275
    Anonymous says:

    Gordon Brown gets his sister-in-law to write a pathetic piece in the Guardian defending him:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/may/10/gordon-brown-cleaner-mps-expenses

    How much lower is Brown prepared to sink to try to prop up his collapsing regime?

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    • 279
      Anonymous says:

      No one else would do it. What Obama, Merkel, Sarkozy et al must think about this utter hoon.

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      • 312
        Steve says:

        I bet Silvio is laughing at how this is even a story though.

        The “system” here may be a heap of shit but a lot of other EU countries are a whole lot worse.

        The biggest offenders of the lot though are the MEPs, Mr Hannan has talked extensively about their largesse and is constantly hassled by his ‘colleagues’ for daring to mention the subject at all.

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    • 284
      Anonymous says:

      That Guardian article is the most nauseatingly pathetic thing I’ve ever read.

      It’s unbelievable even for that cockroach Brown.

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    • 291
      BobMorris says:

      yes- boo hoo hoo. What TWADDLE. The kids had to “run away” from a photographer taking pictures. But, mummy, “we are safe now”. (paragraph 10 of your link).

      The day can’t come SOON ENOUGH!

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    • 296
      pisspooor says:

      …and she’s a professional journo ? what a pisspoor effort.

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    • 308
      Anonymous says:

      It sounds from the article that Gordo was as filthy in his domestic habits as Purnell.

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    • 315
      Bri says:

      What a pile of shit that article by Clare Brown is……

      “I arrived at Gatwick not long after dodging logging gangs in the Borneo jungle for a story about the brutal treatment, rape and even murder of rainforest tribespeople to find the only issue the press are interested in right now is my cleaning arrangements”

      ” Leaving the plane I received a mobile call from my son who has just turned 12: “Mummy I am alright now but men were trying to take my picture outside the house while I was going to school, I had to run away, but I think I am safe now.”

      I think No10 has leaned on them,I’ve never read such a load of sycophantic crap in my life.

      I advise everyone to follow the link left by anon 278 and others.
      Absolutely sick making

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      • 334
        Doctor Mick says:

        I arrived at Gatwick not long after dodging logging gangs in the Borneo jungle

        She must be pretty fucky nifty on her feet.

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      • 336
        Geordie Girl says:

        Self pitying, whinging codswallop. This makes Brown look more pathetic than ever – getting his sister in law to stick up for him in the papers. The man is beneath contempt.

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  99. 282
    Anonymous says:

    Balls and Cooper apparantly double-claim for the same house, same mortgage, same expenses etc but they’re still not in the Telegraph.

    Something smells very fishy.

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  100. 285
    Alien8n says:

    OMG they can’t be serious?

    “We will… create a new body, a different body that will be separate,” Sir Stuart – a member of the Commons Estimates Committee, told the BBC.

    “I would hope that once this body is created and is up and running it will then be hived off to the private sector to another firm, so there is an entire arm’s length between members of Parliament and those who are dispersing amounts under allowances.”

    So, they create a new Quango and then sell it to whoever has the closest ties to the Labour hierarchy, probably throwing in a knighthood as a sweetener at the same time. And then when the Tories get into power and want to change the system again they’ll find they can’t because there’ll be some 7 figure clause in the private contract preventing them from implementing any reform of a system put in place by troughers for troughers.

    I may be cynical, but this does NOT look like a good idea.

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  101. 297
    Steve says:

    Cameron on Sky now saying the “S” word :-D
    He also says he wants every single expense put online and he wants his MPs to stand up tomorrrow and have the guts to admit they were wrong when they were.

    Well done Sir, good response so far. Gove though, he needs the whip withdrawn if what is said is correct

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  102. 298
    going down the pan says:

    has anybody tried to vote on Number10.co.guv ? its that site where you can vote to fuck brown off ive tried four times today but it does not send confirmation to your email .all the other petitions do but being a government site they have nobbled this one to keep the numbers down.

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    • 302
      It doesn't add up... says:

      Time for an FoI request about interference with the server.

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    • 305
      Steve says:

      I voted on the “call an election now” petition earlier and it was alright.

      http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/GoToCountryNow/

      This one has gone up only about 200 all day today, and now has 2452 signatures

      I notice that the original resign one is now at 56227, and is going up at about 50 an hour today, somewhat less than the 500 an hour it was going up 10 days ago.

      I’m pretty sure that there’s either a problem with the number of requests the server can handle or else a configuable on the server that limits the number of requests it actually acknowledges.

      Either way I smell a rat, they are desparate to limit the number of votes on the resign petition – if it got to a million for example GB would be really cornered.

      Keep trying!

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      • 354
        going down the pan says:

        15 atempts finally got it but other petitions gurkha’s our troops etc still nobbled.

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    • 319
      It doesn't add up... says:

      The original “no spy in the sky satellite/road pricing” petition got 1.8 million signatures at a rate that must have exceeded 16,000 per day on average. Presumably peak days were much higher than that. Their server can take it, Cap’n!

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      • 355
        going down the pan says:

        what we need is a petition set up away from the scum pit of downing st at a well known site . they’ll probarbly send round the anti terrorist police to shut it down tossers.

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  103. 306
    Anonymous says:

    Good response so far from Cameron. The Tories seem nowhere near as bad as the Labour sleazebags but at least he seems to be taking it far more seriously than Brown is.

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  104. 311
    Anonymous says:

    Is Kate Hoey about to resign the Labour whip? She seems to have hinted as such on radio 4 just now.

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    • 316
      Alien8n says:

      Really? Hats off to her, I hope she stands as an independent at the election, I wouldn’t mind her getting re-elected.

      BTW, anyone got any dirt on Ed Vaizey? I’m really hoping he’s squeaky clean, in all my dealings with him I’ve been very impressed. He even offered to personally intervene with a dispute at my daughter’s school when they told us she was stupid as they’d failed to recognise she’s dyslexic till we had to have her privately tested when she was 10. Just a shame the Conservative councils around here are so incompetent.

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  105. 321
    romanian druggie says:

    Balls Cooper…….Cooper Balls Cooper Cooper Balls…….Balls Balls Cooper Cooper Balls Double Claim Fishy…..Injunction Troughing BBC Telegraph No Mention…….What The Fuck Is Going On Balls Cooper Balls Balls Balls Cooper Balls FFS Within The Rules John Humphries I’m a Regular Kinda Guy John Balls Cooper Balls Balls Balls

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  106. 328
    Anonymous says:

    BREAKING NEWS!!! one of our MPs claimed for a taxi, sorry I mean chauffeur! Isnt this all getting a bit of a pathetic witch hunt!
    The sanctimonious hypocrisy of the media vilifying MPs for taking advantage of legal perks is slightly ridiculous. Most of the british public would squeeze any expenses system they come into contact with to death!
    x

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    • 337
      Doctor Mick says:

      My right honourable friend, do not judge us by your standards.

      I’ve never fiddled expenses. My dad taught me if you do that then you’re not an honest man. And if you are not honest then you are nothing, no matter how much money you have.

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  107. 329
    Scorched Earth says:

    Platitudes and empty words will butter no parsnips as Major would say.

    No action from any quarter yet just hurried words about sorting it all out in the future with an “indendent” body.

    But well done to those posters who stuck to their guns and deplored snout in trough behaviour from whatever quarter.

    As Guido himself said

    “Doesn’t exactly fill you with confidence that as soon as they get their bums into the ministerial limos they won’t start troughing away.”

    Greedy disgusting behaviour is greedy disgusting behaviour and when the LibDems get “Telegraphed” for their Expenses it will STILL be greedy disgusting behaviour.

    True though that the scale isn’t the same as New Labour but the voter may not be quite so happy to differentiate as we all know that “they are all the same” is one of the most oft repeated phrases uttered by the Electorate in such times as these.

    But some of the partisanship evident here is most amusing. Best leave it to the openly Tory Blogs as Guido does try to maintain a somewhat even keel and go for the throats of all the Piggish Swine.

    One wonders how many of the total number of MP’s have yet to be “outed” or featured yet and whether the Telegraph is now all but done with the list ?

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  108. 343
    Jimmy says:

    “Now we’re even…”

    Really?

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  109. 346
    Peter Kay says:

    Gove and the rest of the sleeze, should be careful when claiming the house flipping was justified inorder to keep a family life. This against a background of sending our service personel to the worlds cesspits leaving their families in sub standard accomodation and paying them a disgraceful and insulting wage

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    • 350
      Grytpype-thynne says:

      Certainly there are Tory troughers but Gove does not seem to be one of them, as his move was genuine and he made no money from it. By contrast, Duncan ought to be toast but in my opinion the worst of the lot has been Mr Speaker Martin, with his chippy sense of entitlement.He has leant heavily on those who warned him the system was being abused,has deneaned his once great office, spent a lot of taxpayers’ money trying to conceal the facts and become one of the leading troughers himself

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  110. 352
    Mr Christopher says:

    War crimes, complicity in torture, fraud, false accounting, agents of influence for foreign governments, vendors of peerages…. Why are the police service for which we all must pay seemingly unable to prosecute even the most flagrant of the political criminals? Why will the police not act? Whose side are they on?

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Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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