Sion Simon Spoils Telegraph Expenses Exposure

Sion Simon MP  has blown tomorrow’s Telegraph splash about the fact he paid his sister £40,000 rent out of his parliamentary allowances. Simon has announced he will be paying back twenty thousands pounds of this rent that he claimed after the rule banning renting from family came into force.  He gave the exclusive to his local paper in a severely unsubtle damage limitation move.  Thomas Legg has ruled that all family deals since 2004 are tainted, hence why Bernard Jenkin got a £63,000 bill so it isn’t exactly clear why Simon isn’t paying back the full amount.

This is a move straight out of the political scoundrels and troughers play-book, along with reporting yourself (after you have been caught a la Hain, Harman et al).  It doesn’t really wash, he broke the rules he should pay back the whole £45,000.  incidentally, he was shacked up with Nicola Burdett, Gordon Brown’s SpAd who was in charge of keeping him out of embarrassing situations.  An impossible task…

See also Meet the Man in Charge of Digital Britain, Simon Spoofs Webcameron, and the classic tears of laughter rolling down your face New Statesman article.

Quote of the Day

Al Gore after taking a wrong turn in Copenhagen said…

“We have assessed the terrain and decided to move on”

An Inconvenient Turn

Gordon forced out of the closet by Al Gore…

UPDATE : As a co-conspirator points out, why do they both go into the closet with their jackets buttoned up and come out with them undone?

Ver Are Your Papers?

In a gaffe worthy of Nicola Murray and the DoSaC team from the The Thick of It, the stasi-esque titled Identity Minister, Meg Hillier, turned up to an ID card unveiling in Liverpool without her ID card.  As the Liverpool Post reports:

The former journalist and mother patted herself down and checked her handbag for the missing card before putting the slip-up down to the demands of looking after her baby. She then posed in front of the city’s landmark Liver Buildings alongside the vast River Mersey without her card.

What a fantastic advertisement for those simple and effective cards that make life and travel so much easier. Hillier was there to encourage residents of the North West to take up the scheme but in one cock-up has summed up just how pointless it is.  This non-entity Minister should lose her job as well as her identity card.

Copenhagen : Gordon Leads Gore into Broom Cupboard

Today’s conference speakers include Gordon Brown, the Venezuelan tyrant Hugo Chavez; and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe. None of whom were elected head of government in open, free and fair elections.

BBC v Trafigura

Right now down in Court 13 the BBC is trying to overturn Trafigura’s injunction.  Justice Eady is a menace to freedom.  He seems to have confused the role of judge with lawmaker.  We make laws in parliament not from the bench.

Brown Bouncing Cheques for Decades

As Brown pushes the government’s overdraft to the point of absolute national penury it is relevant to note that he has been bouncing cheques for decades.  His landlord from his student days told the Telegraph, that when it bounced Brown claimed he must have used the wrong cheque book.

The interest on the national debt is some £1 billion a week…

UPDATE : The cheque is for sale on eBay! The bid is past a grand already.

Tots for Tots

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Liam Donaldson, full of festive cheer, warns “The more [children] get a taste for it, the more likely they are to be heavy drinking adults or binge drinkers later in childhood.” Does he have any hard evidence for this?

Guido’s dummy was dipped in brandy and it never did him any harm…



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Quote of the Day

Labour’s Austin Mitchell muses on the campaign:

“What’s the problem? No use pointing at the leader. Too late to change and unnecessary for Miliband is doing well at Question Time. His problem is connecting with the real world. He doesn`t speak people and his protective team of naive kids are playing West Wing rather than letting the leader relate to real people. We could point at the party, shrunk in numbers and enthusiasm because everything, from policy formulation to candidate selection, comes top down rather than bubbling up from below so campaigning becomes the opium of members deprived of any real role, though they`re not even sure what they’re campaigning about, with or for, but its role is marginal.”

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