July 17th, 2012

Jet-Setting Former PMs Funded By Taxpayer

Mad Frankie Maude has released the figures showing how much former Prime Ministers have been claiming in allowances over the last year. Both Tony Blair and John Major asked the taxpayer for the maximum £115,000 in order to “meet the costs of public duties“, while Margaret Thatcher claimed £109,191. Former Prime Mentalist Gordon Brown made sure no one can say that he’s worse value than Tony, undercutting him by a crafty £1.83. Guido doesn’t quite understand why Blair, Brown and Major need a hundred grand each from the taxpayer each year while they make millions swanning around the world…

Via William Green.


  1. 1
    Utter Pile of Shit says:

    Hang em!

    • 10
      UKIP.i.am says:

      Imagine how much more it would cost if we had Presidents as well? Not just these expenses but pensions for each sordid one of them on top. Then there are all the pensions and dosh that our beloved European Presidents and their hangers-on get. Look at Kinnock!

      • 26
        Neil Kinnockio says:

        Don’t look at me and my family boyo, there’s nothing to see. We made our millions fair and square and anyone who says otherwise, doesn’t know me, or my my saintly wife, or my completely honest son either.

        • 112
          Bled Dry Tax-payer says:

          Aye Kinnochio, I’ve just seen how the EU commission makes sure you pay no more than 8% tax on your €150,000 Euro-salary.

          There’s yuckyda for you boyo.

      • 28
        MSB says:

        Quite agree! Kinnock: the falling man on Brighton beach who was voted against and yet ended up with more power over our transport policy than No.10 as an unelected commissioner on mega money + even more mega expenses Then it gets better with his even more untalented spouse in the same trough and then his son marries the Danish PM (who is a girl – which is a bit of a surprise) – happy days – isn’t politics wonderful.

        • 75
          taC eht abbaJ says:

          “the falling man on Brighton beach who was voted against and yet ended up with more power over our transport policy than No.10 as an unelected commissioner on mega money + even more mega expenses”

          Looks like Farage can look forward to a very bright future indeed with the EUSSR, as he climbs up the abolition ladder, firmly withdrawing it behind himself, whilst gripping the expenses piglet tightly under his other arm…

      • 92
        Keith Vage says:

        Yes bloody expensive Pressies, not at all like them cheap Qeens and family.

    • 40
      P.Mandevilson, the Eminence Greasy says:

      I have no problem with people getting filthy rich, as long as they take it from their taxpayers pay their taxes.

      • 57
        erm... says:

        ……and how much does is the highly expensive security for Mr Blair. What is its geograhical remit.

        • 130
          Tiger Tiger says:

          It is not in the public interest to keep them alive. Why are we paying for it? Paying to have these traitors and troughers executed would make more sense!

        • 141
          Rottweiler Ron says:

          Blair’s not all bad – he’s fucking awful!

          He’s slipperier than Call Me Dave & co.

    • 48
      AC1 says:

      and how much do former squaddies get?

    • 86
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      Bit of a one sided headline picture that , could you not find any pictures of Major or Thatcher to accompany a labour picture ?

  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    Isn’t Thatcher dead already?

    • 37
      Iain Dale - London's Biggest Cock 97.3 says:

      I wuv her!

    • 42
      The Libor party says:

      Can we still blame her for everything ?

    • 76
      Meatspin made me dizzy says:

      Thatcher is still on £100,000 per year. How much incontinence-wear does one woman need ffs?

      • 83
        Forkbender says:

        It’s probably for the heavies, security protection, former PM’s have probably made many enemies who might try to assasinate them. Fair do’s that is all part of the privilege of being an exPM it is part of the cost of the heavies pay

    • 87
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      Why is Mrs T claiming all that money she never leaves the house
      does she have a crack habbit ?

  3. 3
    Rusty says:

    Why does a woman with Alzheimers need 100,000 for her public duties?

    • 12
      UKIP.i.am says:

      At least she can find her way to the House of Commons.

      • 65
        Rusty says:

        I am afraid she cannot. It was announced only a few weeks ago that Lady Thatcher is too frail to attend a lunch hosted by the Queen.
        She has been diagnosed with dementia.

        Again, a woman who has dementia and rarely leaves her home, somehow spends 100 grand on her official duties, which are probably 3 trips a year.

        • 72
          AC1 says:

          Sounds like “someone” is spending it “for” her…

          • Mark a former rally driver still lost in the Sahara says:

            You don’t seem to understand how very expensive it is as a ARCP founder member , all my investments are in these worth while projects. Mummy helps with my day to day living expenses where she can but I still live a very frugal lifestyle to achieve my aims.

            ARCP = Active Regime Change Patron

        • 84
          Forkbender says:

          Maggie would probably have to take a nurse/carer with her if she attends one of her official duties but not on the NHS she liked private, plus any requisites that might be needed, then the heavies tag along.

    • 20
      MSB says:

      Have you seen the cost of Tena Nappies?

      • 34
        I Remember You Hoo says:

        Ah, lefties, classy as ever.

        Keep it up boys, so everyone can see the inner poisonous bile, of the self professed, caring, compassionate and inclusive leftard hypocrites.

        • 51
          choc ice says:

          Tribal tosser! You are welcome to each other.

        • 88
          Anonymous says:

          Yeah it’s only the left who are nasty. I’ve certainly NEVER seen an insulting comment about Gordon Brown’s health problems (eyesight) on this website’s comment section….

          Get a grip.

          • Bled Dry Tax-payer says:

            Having a glass eye is not a health problem.

            Being a bully and completely fucking mental may be.

          • Put your X here >> says:

            But ask yourself just how many ex-Labour PMs are still alive…Hmm…

    • 38
      South of the M4 says:

      Its the same claim for £1000 repeated 100 times. Guess she forgot.

    • 79
      Old Tory Bigot says:


      A big fan of St Margaret myself, but this is really taking the piss.

      Probably to fund a small office of spin-wankers and assorted hangers-on.

      She is probably not even aware (of anything).

  4. 4
    Hull says:

    Brown need lots of underpants

    • 78
      Sir Barrington Minge says:


    • 85
      Forkbender says:

      The correct term is pads, not nappies I was told, so I wrote diapers in my notes, nobody quibbled. The people that wear them have to have them, that is if Social Services can get the size right, they might supply smaller ones because they are cheaper.

      • 115
        Procrustes says:

        FFS who writes notes about incontinence pads? You need to get out more.

        On the bright side, your comments add a new dimension to the term ‘taking the piss’

  5. 5
    SP4BS says:

    I’m sure Dave will earn every penny of his.

    • 16
      Old Holborn says:

      Just as John Major does, no doubt. Useless bastards, the lot of them

      • 41
        I Remember You Hoo says:

        Didn’t Major also get a million pound a year job for life with some globalist corporation, for delivering Maastricht?

        • 99
          Former Tory But Now a UKIP convert says:

          yes he still does & he used to, in my day, a have constant supply of curry takeaways on the side as well

  6. 6

    £1.83 would be serious overpayment for Brown.

    • 63
      Gordon Brown says:

      I’m value for money

    • 82
      Infanta of Castile says:

      What extra official duties fall to a former PM who is still on the payroll as an MP? Its not as if he had to attend the royal wedding.

  7. 7
    JH says:

    Look, none of them have managed to waltz into EU sinecures so it is perfectly fair that they take four times the average wage for doing approximately fuck all.

    Otherwise they might have to, you know, work. Ugh.

    • 9
      SP4BS says:

      I think you’re almost there.

      They get paid 115k to keep away from us.
      Money well spent.

      • 21
        A bottle of whisky and a loaded Beatles album says:

        There are cheaper methods of achieving that result.

        • 60
          Business Cat (Specializing in yarns, Cdn owned & op) says:

          The EU: a new trough to snuffle in. Thank God we don’t have that in Canada.

          • Yanky dudle says:

            If Quebec ever gets its Independence the first thing it will do is apply to join the EU (just like Scotchland)

  8. 8
    Hew Dunnit says:

    They got so used to the idea of being thieving bastards while in office that they find it difficult to stop screwing the public!

    • 110
      Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

      Scandalous. Do you think there is anyway I can make Prime Minister now? Boaz.

  9. 11
    gildedtumbril says:

    Robbing bastards. Malfeasance and continuing on the public teat after ‘office’ should be capital offences.HANG THE MONEY GRUBBING BASTARDS!>

  10. 13
    Not surprised says:

    If I recall correctly this was set up by John Major. Amazing how you can make up a law that allows you to still be paid for doing a job that you no longer do!

    Quite why former PM’s who command millions for lectures and speeches need extra funding is beyond me. Perhaps it’s a bit of “walking about money”

    Still, good to see my tax money being well spent helping the needy!

    • 36
      John Major says:

      It’s what I deserve for setting up the Cones Hotline.

      • 46
        Nullbymouth says:

        Hows yer shareholding in Halliburton doing these days?

        • 64
          John "Interesting" Major says:


          • CMD,Heir to Bliar says:

            I am a great believer in maintaining our traditions in this day & age There is no desire to change them during this very difficult time as I intend to squeeze as much as possible out of you all.

  11. 14
    BBC spokesperson says:

    Come on now little people. Unless they are private companies they must be worth every single penny.

  12. 15
    Utter Pile of Shit says:

    To be fair, at least Gordon was returned by his electorate as an MP.

    • 17

      But, on the other hand, there should be a condition that only proper human beings can vote in parliamentary elections.

      • 39
        Northern Monkey says:

        So surely he won’t need this extra bung as he still ‘works’ as an MP?

        Well, when I say ‘works’…

        The mongs in Jockland ought to pay for this twat’s upkeep if they are so stupid as to continue to vote for someone who only manages to turn up at the workplace around twice a year.

    • 80
      Sir Barrington Minge says:

      Yes, but that lot in Kirkaldy would vote for a poo if it had a red rosette stuck in it

      • 89
        Forkbender says:

        Sir B, but wasn’t Gordon (allegedly according to this Blog) famous for poo

    • 132
      Tiger Tiger says:

      Was he? Or was it the amazing power of the postal vote that elected him? Presumably some Labour voting vermin supported him – but they don’t have to pay for him; that’s left to real people, robbery of whom keeps the socialist kleptocracy going.

  13. 18
    Mr. Ukipling says:

    Thatcher should use that money to pay for her own bloody funeral

    • 30
      Spangles says:

      That’s right Ukipling, pick on an old lady who can’t defend herself! She obviously can’t be filling in the forms herself, and probably has no idea she’s getting this money, so some-one should ask her ‘staff’ who is claiming this money on her behalf and why.

      • 45
        Northern Monkey says:

        Pick on an old lady who can’t defend herself?

        Like, I dunno, a coal miner’s widow on state pension?

        You see how emotive arguments are not particularly effective now, don’t you?

        • 53
          Anonymous says:

          FFS, the coal miner’s widow must get free coal, and surely the Miners Union are bunging her a few quid. By the way, how far back are we going with this coal miner’s widow? Are you Ed Milibandwagon by any chance?

        • 71
          AC1 says:

          Well there’s a lot less coal mining widows now there’s a lot less taxpayer-mining members of the NUM.

          Thatcher (PBUH) offered to sell the mines to the NUM for one pound. They wouldn’t take it as they knew the mines only really mined the wallets of taxpayers (and the hearts of those families above ground).

        • 116
          Procrustes says:

          Nice to see an example of the infinite monkey theorem put into practice

  14. 19
    Anonymous says:

    “Guido doesn’t quite understand why Blair and Brown need a hundred grand each from the taxpayer each year…”

    Implicitly, then, Guido does understand why Thatcher (who is basically incapable of performing any public duties) and Major do. Perhaps he could enlighten the rest of us.

    • 23
      The Paragnostic says:

      Oh do fuck off, anonymong – Thatcher deserves it for saving the country from the unions, while Major at least didn’t totally fuck up the public finances.

      To see the ruiners of our country still grabbing all they can get from the public purse is just wrong – for 115K we could lock them in the Tower and generate some income from throwing vegetables at the bastards.

      • 25
        A bottle of whisky and a loaded Beatles album says:

        Those people, whether you think they deserved respect or not for their achievements were already rewarded when in office. PMs are paid in our country. Once out of office there is no reason to pay them huge sums of money on top of any pention entitlements they also have.

      • 27


        You’ll have the Don’t Be Unkind To Vegetables brigade onto you like a flash…

      • 58
        Alf Garnett says:

        That sort of shaky logic would suggest that every man and woman who helped save our country from the Nazis also deserves a decent stipend.

        That might not be £109k for sitting around dribbling, but a bloody sight more than the pitiful money and appalling treatment meted out to them by your gaga heroine.

        • 133
          Tiger Tiger says:

          Well they deserve a lot more than the third world immigrants who displaced them.

  15. 22
    A bottle of whisky and a loaded Beatles album says:

    How much do former deputy Prime Ministers take us for?

  16. 24
    Robespierre says:

    Plus ca change…….Britain is institutionally corrupt. Democracy is a fiction invented by elites to keep themselves in power. There is only one answer : Madame Guillotine.

    • 93
      Forkbender says:

      Robby, I have said that many times, and Madame Guillotine did give a remarkable shave

      • 121
        Madame Tricoteuse says:

        J’attends toujours (avec une grande carton de popcorn dans mon sac).

  17. 29
    puzzled says:

    Who the fuck pays Gordon Brown millions?

  18. 31
    Tony Bliar says:

    Have you seen the cost of professionally dry cleaning white baptism cloth?

  19. 32
    I wish Cameron and Miliband would pull a gun on each other. Whoever loses, we win says:

  20. 35
    HSBC's Head of Compliance says:

    Fuck, we’ve been found out. We really are utter c’unts and deserve stringing up. The dominoes have started to fall. No senior banker should feel safe at night.

  21. 43
    Fake Blood says:

    They don’t need it but they are peculating Hunts, like all Lefties.

  22. 44
    Nullbymouth says:

    Disgusting especially knowing that Tin Cam will get it also.

    I hope Deputy PM’s get fuck all though at least that will put half a smile on my face

  23. 49
    Desperate Dan says:

    Its a consolation prize for having no morals.

  24. 50
    Northern Monkey says:

    Thatcher deserves a place in history as one of the most devisive, spiteful, selfish and meglamanaical leaders this country has ever had the misfortune to suffer.

    It is totally unjustifiable that a multi-millionaire should receive one single penny from the public purse, especially when the millions they have came from that same purse in the first place.

    • 52
      Northern Monkey says:

      The above was supposed to be a reply to 23.

      • 68
        ooh Matron! says:

        Doesn’t stand up to scrutiny anyway. Her millions (if that is what you are referring to) came from a succesful husband.
        Sadly she didn’t reform the education system which might have improved your understanding of what she did.

        • 95
          Northern Monkey says:

          SOME of her millions came from her husband, others came from milking her reputation after she left office, at least 2 million has come from this insane scheme Major instituted, I dare say a fair bit came from becoming a Baroness.

          Let’s not forget all the taxpayer dosh she has raked in, year after every year, since 1959.

          That’s right, over 50 years of taxpayer sponging and scrounging, from someone you admit was already a multi-millionaire before taking office.

          Blair and the jock mong and Major and Heath and the whole fecking lot of them are just as bad, I just do not understand why people cannot see what a thieving bitch she is, just because she defeated über-twat Scargill.

          If you haven’t got much of an argument, you could just say that I was thick, if you like.

          • Procrustes says:

            I quite agree the political classes are all grasping types sans parentage; howevre your argument is somewhat floored. She did rake in cash but for much of that time she was a serving MP. On that basis you should be raging against every MP elected since 1959?

            Ditto for membership of the Lords -especially since Tony and Gordon’s ‘expansion’ of the ermine wearing brigade. Why no complaint about them?

            Whether it is Thatcher,Brown,Blair, Major or anyone else is irrelevant. The real question is why our political classes think they can do this and think it is right.

            Tribalising the issue actually diverts attention from it.

          • help says:

            floored or flawed? Still, I suppose either will do in this instance.

          • Northern Monkey says:

            I haven’t tribalised it. Read it again and you will see that I have the utmost contempt for the lot of them, regardless of the colour of rosette.

            Strange that some worship the bitch for ‘removing scroungers from the teat of the public purse’ when she has been busily sucking away at the very same teat for over 50 years.

            I haven’t got the time or space here to list all the bastards I will hang when I am king, but yes, it would include any other tossers who have lived the life of Riley courtesy of extracting money with menaces from the average Joe for the last few decades.

    • 62
      Glass Eagle says:

      Yeah, most of the fools in this column love the old witch. Yet, it was Thatcher’s policy to liberalise the banking/money sectors which lead to the sorry state we’re in today.

      • 70
        AC1 says:

        would that be “Glass Steagall” removed under the Clinton regime??

      • 135
        Tiger Tiger says:

        She didn’t make them greedy. They did that themselves. It was Blair/Brown who encouraged them to fill their boots – for deferred kickbacks probably, and neutered any regulation or oversight of their behavior.

    • 69
      AC1 says:

      Er cutting unionist leeches off the taxpayers teat was selfish????

      There only one thing worse than a Leech, and that’s a Leech that complains it’s not getting enough.

      Thatcher (PBUH) SAVED this economy from the left-wing leeches.

      • 98
        Northern Monkey says:

        Don’t go tribal on me, just because I can see what a horrible bitch she is doesn’t make me a lefty.

        Dealing with the unions did not need to involve wrecking the mining industry, nor the lives of those associated with it. She went too far, motivated by pride and arrogance.

        The privatization of utilities has, largely, proven to be an utter disaster. Energy bills have quadrupled in real terms since her day, partly because of expensive shareholders and bosses, partly because we closed most of the coal-burning power stations, because buying expensive oil from Arabs, even when we have our own supply, makes so much more sense, eh?

  25. 54
    BOE Chief Mentalist Governor says:

    I am a lying c’unt.

    Salute the lucre!

  26. 59
    BBC Olympics Five Live Hot Line says:

    Is your life being disrupted by the London Olympics? Do you have a story that we can use to embarrass the Government and LOCOG? Then we would like to hear from you.

    No matter how trivial your experience, our presenters and specially invited experts Keith Vaz, Owen Jones and Laurie Penny will share your experiences with our vast audience both in the UK and around the world. No embarrassment is too small for this coalition.

    So if you’re an athlete left hanging around at Heathrow, a coach driver not able to use your sat nav, a G4S interviewee waiting for a gig, a driver stuck in a jam, we want to hear from you. If you’re in the Olympic village and the toilet paper is not soft enough, get in touch. We also need to know if you are being forced to eat that McDonald’s rubbish in the Olympic Park…or if you have been made to change your name from Goldberg or Silver for copyright reasons

    We would especially like to hear from any Alky Ada affiliates planning to bomb the games so that we can be there with our OB facilities to capture the action live. Norman Smith and Gobby have already scripted their call for the Prime Minister to resign.

    The BBC – The World’s most trusted Broadcaster

    • 74
      ooh Matron! says:

      Q: Does the Beeb have a make-up department?
      A: Yes. We are all in it together!

      • 108
        Having a Gordon Brown Bigots Day... says:

        LOL & ROFLMFHO twice……..

        Keep it up …..its better than whats on the Box…….

        Where’s that fcuking Sue !!! this is all down to her…….

      • 124
        help says:

        They make up faces and stories simultaneously. Who said lefties could not multi-task?

  27. 66
    nell says:

    This Rampant Rabbit is excellent!

  28. 67
    Jimmy says:

    Given that Attila the Hen can’t leave the house without weeing herself that’s some pretty impressive troughing.

    • 77
      ooh Matron! says:

      Factually wrong but don’t let that get in the way of a good lefty rant.

      • 96
        Jimmy says:

        Bizarre that given the obsession with expenses, the one politician whose claims put everyone else in the shade appears to be off limits. What is it with you people? It’s like you were a meeting of Outrage and I’d just said something rude about Judy Garland.

  29. 73
    Voice of Reason says:

    Sorry to dampen the flames of outrage, but I suspect that the cost is actually for their close protection teams. All ex-PM’s are entitled to it, as are former NI Secretaries of State and others.

    Any person suspected at risk through previous Crown Service is entitled to it

    • 81
      Old Tory Bigot says:

      I think you are wrong. Protection is not paid for out of their allowance.

    • 105
      Jeremy Clarkson says:

      Well then take them outside and …

      you know the rest

    • 106
      Anon Security Entity says:

      I heard some one say this is one of the Security Contracts G4S is very keen to get !!

      as there bid is 45% below anybody else…….

      St Tony, who now glides across Water, will be very pleased at this breaking news………

    • 107
      Nullbymouth says:

      Just how far do you think 115k would go with Special Branch?
      They have MP’s wives to entertain they have expensive tastes.
      In fact let me tell you a story *tthhup* ………….


  30. 97
    robbie says:

    eh? I thought Mrs T was practically confined to barracks these days.

  31. 100
    PC clitoris says:

    They are all just taking the absolute piss out of the country.Trouble is these arse hole MP’s just treat this country as a free drinking/gentlemans club for life and no one does a thing about it.

    • 104
      Your Local MP completely plastered in his Local subsidised Water Hole.... says:

      Here here, Quite right to….its part of our traditions !! we can’t change that can we..?

  32. 109

    Dont forget we are all in it together.

  33. 111
    John Major says:

    I am currently, oh yes, travelling the world to educate all right-thinking people about the dangers of mediocrity.

    Perhaps you’ve read my book? Two hundred and fifty thousand shades of grey.

  34. 114
    Any prime minister you can think of says:

    I’d like to stop this blatant abuse, but I’m worried I might jeopardise the gravy train for par moi même, de mon propre chef, as it were.

  35. 126
    Desperate Dan says:

    Am I right in thinking that they and their freeloading wives also get free accommodation in British Embassies worldwide?

  36. 128
    MajorFrustration says:

    MP Pilgrims

  37. 138
    Laughing Out Loud says:

    Most politicians are just a more successful variety of the crooks who come to your door, or send scamming emails and telephone calls. They promise to make life better for you, but you end up paying to make life better for them. Politicians should be recognized as members of the criminal classes.

  38. 139
    evad666 says:

    Hang em all, build a scaffold in Parliament Square and put the Army in to shut Parliament. They are after all now only down the River.

  39. 140
    flash gordoom says:

    It costs money to travel to Planet Zorg to negotiate a peace treaty don’t you know ?

  40. 142
    iainspaton says:

    Politicians should be means-tested. MP and ministerial salary: means-tested down to the minimum wage. No second jobs allowed while in office. All expenses publicised within 30 days of the claim. A five-year ban on consultancy activity and directorships following retirement. A means-tested pension deducted for income above and beyond a certain threshold.

    For those who say it will deter the most talented people, just take a look at the bunch of idiots on the green leather benches nowadays. They are useless greasy-pole climbing silver-spoon PPEs, activists and wonks with no experience of the real world and without an iota of integrity in their bodies.

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