September 10th, 2012

Daily Star Sunday Column Now Online

If you picked up your Daily Star Sunday yesterday you would know that MPs are still claiming £3.6 million in expenses to pay the wages of members of their families, including the holier than thou John Mann. Why bombing Iran may soon be Nick Clegg’s fault and all about Ed’s real life “pre-distribution”.

Yesterday’s column is now online here


30 Comments

  1. 1
    Andrew Marr says:

    You are a Star

  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    I may wait now for column. the paper now costs 80p!!!

  3. 4
    Thick as a Planck says:

    The arrest of an anti-corruption cartoonist in India on charges of sedition has sparked criticism.

    No danger Rich and Marks will be arrested

    • 10
      Forkbender says:

      I cannot agree with you there, just read the comments after a R & M cartoon, the cartoons would have to be explained to them

  4. 6
    DERMOT MURNAGHAN says:

    Oh…How do you solve a problem like Maria

  5. 7
    Bentan Rebarbative says:

    Nationalise the banks !! Let’s have a General Strike.

    Er, we are still in this 20th century, aren’t we ??

    • 21
      the savant says:

      indeed no bentan…….. we still revel in the glories of the ninegteenth when hansom cabs roamed
      the land patronised by genlemen of substance such as sherlock holmes and his brother mycroft .

      where children as old as four were yet to become apprenticed chimmney sweeps and where gin palaces were to be found on every corner to cater for the desperation of the homeless and starving .

      some say the far off twentyfirst century will be an exact repeat …..

  6. 11
    Forkbender says:

    Guido I hope dirty Des is paying you for this advertising, or is this for services rendered

  7. 12
    Enemies Within says:

    The Taliban say Prince H*rry is a prime target.

    Dave responds: “Our reaction to this news is to allow in another 500,000 muslims into the UK to live off benefits”.

    • 14
      Red Ken Lyingscum says:

      Celebrate the rich multicultural diversity !! Oh, and all those extra postal votes for me.

  8. 13
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    In very round terms every MP is trousering another 60k out of the taxpayer over this.

    What with local councillors getting nice payments, european MPs , Welsh Assembly Members SPADS and ” consultants ” not to mention Capita PLC I think we are being screwed against the wall here.

  9. 15
    Piss pot says:

    I noticed how that Union arseh*le (Brendan Barber) was given an easy ride on the Daily Politics. No mention of how much his pension pot is or how much he gets paid, strikes or no strikes! They also forgot to mention that Ed Millibandwagon was having a private lunch with the Union bosses at the TUC, but wasn’t going to put in an appearance on the platform.
    Hope he had a big enough piece of paper to write down all the instructions he was given by his paymasters.

  10. 17
    UKIP.i.am.awake says:

    Predistribution means making successful businessmen pay the penalty for their success. A bit like cutting the legs off Olympic winners so they can compete in the Paralympics.

  11. 18
    Peter Expat says:

    Looks like a lot of none stories.
    Why is there such a fuss about MP’s relatives being paid? Surely the issue is whether they are giving value for the money. If it’s just a sinecure, fair enough, but many of them work full time for the money. Some of them were even doing the job before they married the MP. If someone has a perfectly good secretary that knows the job inside out, why should they have to go just because they are married to the MP? No-one would think it odd if family members were employed in a family firm. By all means hound any that are getting paid for doing nothing, but distinguish between them. MPs do need PAs/Secretaries and constituency office managers.

    It is normal industrial practice to pay redundancy money. 3mths salary is hardly extravagant, especially with the claw back clause.

    • 27
      Ho hum says:

      The income for a family firm is generated by their produce and hard work. The income for an MP’s family is stolen under protest from hard working taxpayers.

      See the difference?

  12. 19
    the savant says:

    yes thought that might be a bit too spicy for a slow monday moddy

  13. 25
    Hey Lordy, pick a bale of cotton. says:

    John Mann is M.P. for Bassetlaw (North Notts.) in the Labour interest.
    His wife is a councillor on Bassetlaw District Council also, unsurprisingly, in the Labour interest
    Nice earners, in their own interests, both of them.

    • 29
      joe bonanno says:

      John Mann’s wife is employed under her ‘professional name’. – ie maiden name.

      I would be the last person to suggest that this was in any way done to hide the fact from the electorate that she is his wife and on our payroll.

      Try employing your wife/ husband in any other are of the public sector and see how you get on.

      Ascandal.

  14. 28
    Ho hum says:

    Good news!!

    24-hour satellite Sky News International channel was launched in the far east over the weekend. By chance, the first thing switched on to in this household was the review of the morning papers. Sad to report no sign of the FT, the Grauniad, the Independent or the WSJ. I am feeling bereft at my loss……

    If anybody sees them wandering about looking lost can they please report the info to the nearest police station. Thank you.


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



orkneylad says:

What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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