Thursday, December 17, 2009

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

An Inconvenient Turn

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

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…


Seen Elsewhere

Revealed: Guido Fawkes Anniversary Dinner Guestlist | Peter Oborne
More Owen Jones Errors | Michael Ezra
Why Should Men Get Equal Maternity Leave? | Laura Keynes
Dentists Have Last Laugh Over Sneering Keynes | FT
Why’s Clegg Giving Men Paternity Leave? | Conservative Women
Cam Cannot Stem EU Immigration | David Keighley
9 Mansion Tax Questions for Ed Balls | TPA
Politicians are Lying to You About Immigration | Alex Wickham
Give Journalists Public Interest Defence in Law | Guardian
Cameron is Going to Have to Deal With UKIP | Dan Hodges
Opinions on Key Issues By Constituency | Red Box


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Great to hear Carswell call for inclusive policies and that UKIP must stand for first and second generation immigrants as much as the English.


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