October 26th, 2012

The MP Who Only Travels First Class

George Osborne wasn’t giving any answers on camera when Ed Conway asked him if he had ever travelled in standard class yesterday, though he did confirm “of course I have” off the record afterwards. But can the same be said for all Tory MPs? Step forward Daniel Kawczynski, the unpaid intern exploiting tallest man in Parliament. Shameless Kawczynski charged the taxpayer for first class tickets for every single one of the 72 train journeys he made between his Shropshire constituency and London since March 2011.

That adds up to almost £4,000 of our cash helping Kawczynski avoid the plebs over the last year. At the least the Chancellor pays his own way…


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  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    Everyone is equal but some are are more equal than others

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    • 5
      Lord Wayne of Thomas the Tank says:

      It is an MP – can t they travel first class? £100 – so what?

      Stop this Labour inspired bashing of excellence.

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      • 15
        Anonymous says:

        I really dont care if he travels first class or not ! the George Osborne episode was rediculous, he paid. I dont see why they dont travel by car. George Osborne must have had security with him, so a people carrier, or similar would surely have been cheaper for the whole party than train tickets.

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        • 29
          Dave Camoron (one-term PM) says:

          It might have been cheaper, but it wouldn’t have been greener! Think of the melting icecaps, the drowning whales, the starving polar bears unable to hunt penguins. Oh woe!

          Pay your green taxes, plebs. No complaints.

          Toodle pip!

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          • Zabba says:

            Polar bears live in the North, (That’s Up on the Map) whilst penguins live in the hemisphere (Down near the bottom). Polar Bears do not eat penguins, not even at London Zoo. MPs should not be accessing the subsidised junkie travel funds when traveling to or from their place of work. Public funds should only become available when they have reached/started employment as in the case of carers, nurses, doctors & Local Authority workers. It’s time for democracy to visit England & dump this 16th century embarrassment they call their Mother of all parliaments. I know it as a place that is constantly under police & internal inquiries.

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          • Mine d'Boggles says:

            Dave – bears eating penguins? Christonabike, think of all the airfares of the bears flying south for lunch. Doesn’t bear thinking about.

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          • I hate to be an agitprop, but at 6ft 8.5inches tall, could it be leg room that’s the problem here – there is a lot more in first class.

            I’m not saying that he isn’t a trougher like all the rest, but there might be an excuse this time.

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          • Waltzing Matilda says:

            Couldn’t he stand in the guard’s van like I used to do on the 18.37 from Paddington most evenings?

            (Before I emigrated of course)

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          • Central Office stooge says:

            No wonder you waltzed off, Mat!

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          Anonymous says:

          I wonder why they pay at all. Subsidies to the tracks and payments from the operators. Why not just put it into the contract, free travel for MPs and security between parliament and constituency. It is not like we want them on planes, or cars, and we would like to see them in the constituency sometimes.

          There is no element of competition, MPs exist and they have to travel. Free market does not enter into the equation.

          Consider it the same as OAP passes. It encourages them to move about and causes a mix of people on the transport that helps security. So give the MPs passes.

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          • Zyclon-B says:

            I read that as “give our MPs gasses” and heartily approved!

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          • Central Office stooge says:

            And what about SpAds travelling with MPs? They are neither MPs, nor security. In fact, they seem to be an additional security risk, considering the number of extra-curricular activies they are involved in.

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      • 21
        Anonymous says:

        The biggest issue is not 1st class ticket, the biggest is some MPs claiming as low as £6,000 a year while others are claiming as high as £200,000 a year. I cannot understand how there could be such a difference.

        Can someone explain?

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        • 23
          Little Burke-O, leader of the MPs' Union says:

          No chance.

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        • 40
          Sungei Patani says:

          An MP with a constituency in London and who lives in that constituency would clearly have much less need for expenses than one with a constituency in say northern Scotland.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Can that be £194,000 a year? For that money you can buy a nice flat in London. So do you mean they are buying a flat in London every year?

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          • £194,000 for a nice flat in London? You are seriously tripping, I’m afraid, even in a shit area. You’d be lucky to see change from £250,000 for a piece of crap that used to be a crack den!

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          • Kebab Time says:

            @Anon

            You can see what each MP claims in expenses here > http://www.parliamentarystandards.org.uk/ (Ipsa website)

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          • Smack an MP You'll Feel Better says:

            Don’t worry we can f_ck off the Scots MPs once they become a Peoples Republic. that should mean the travel bill for the remaining greedy f_cks should come down. If not just get them all a pass for f_cking MegaBus if they want to go anywhere that’s more than a Fiver they can just f_cking pay for it!

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          • Living in 98 percent white (and 99.9% kuffar) Merseyside says:

            Is there anyone called Willy left in Banglatown (formerly Whitechapel) or do the current residents feel that everybody still needs a Willy?

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        Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

        What excellence? He owes his position to privilege and patronage in being selected as a candidate by the party, and then to the local voters, who probably always vote the same way, like so many elsewhere. If there’s any excellence anywhere in the Houses of Parliament, please point it out to us.

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      • 80
        oink says:

        ‘excellence’

        mind boggles

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  2. 2
    Glyn H says:

    But that’s OK for a socialist!

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  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    Lol. I saw this post when it claimed Mr Polish-name was a Labour MP. How embarrassing!! I note the tune has been changed quite quickly.

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  4. 4
    Ex Ah! Monika says:

    What time does the referendum debate start?

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  5. 6
    Priti Patel says:

    What a huhne

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  6. 7
    P 1 KEY says:

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  7. 8
    Kawczynski says:

    I need the leg room

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  8. 10
    Kebab Time says:

    Guido, did you not say other day that MPs were not allowed to claim first class tickets on the taxpayer from IPSA?

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  9. 12
    illogical says:

    Why do Tories always get the prettiest sheep?

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  10. 13
    richardlongshanks says:

    Kawczynsk’s six foot eight, you try travelling in midget class if you’re that tall.

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  11. 14
    Notareargunner says:

    I hope that girlfriend (in the pic) bleats on him…. and they doooo

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  12. 16
    Duty Pedant says:

    Come on Guido, is the hyphen on ration or something? Try “…the unpaid intern-exploiting tallest man in Parliament.”

    Standards man, standards!

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  14. 24
    JimboJones says:

    Oh dear…He’s a Tory MP, not Labour.

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  15. 25
    Dave says:

    To be fair, if I was 6ft 8 tall, I’d be looking for an upgrade too…

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  16. 31
    Just thinkin says:

    A quarter of all babies born in the UK are the children of imm igrants as mothers from Poland, India and P a k i st an give birth in record numbers.

    Wonder why we have a housing shortage

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    • 46
      Zyclon-B says:

      This is also why it’s hard to get your kid into a good school. And exams have been dumbed-down accordingly, as so many kids don’t speak English as a first language.

      The situation is worse in London, where 60pc of infants are foreign.

      Well done, Labour. You utter spazoid c**ts.

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    • 61
      Bogeyman says:

      What’s wrong with that? They have paid their taxes. In some cases, as much as £50.

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  17. 35
    Not surprised says:

    I’m confused! Whenever I see tv footage of Parliamentary debates – the house is very sparsely populated (PMQ’s excepted when they all want to be seen) so why do we need so many of them travelling to London all the time. Surely in this electronic age a lot of business could be carried out remotely. It’s a triple whammy for the tax payer. Fund a constituency house & office, fund Parliament and 2nd homes in London AND the travel between the two.

    Do they not have Skype in London?

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    • 75
      Smack an MP You'll Feel Better says:

      They’re all taking the piss, they spend all their time working out the latest f_cking fiddle. They all need a good smack the mouth

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  18. 36
    TTS Dan says:

    Daniel Kawczynski…any relation to McShame?

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    Schards says:

    £4,000 is the equivalent of about two months of rent swap troughing.

    I don’t mind MP’s having first class travel if it helps them work in transit, this issue is trivial compared to the property related scams.

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  21. 39
    Anonymous says:

    Good luck finding a first class train between Shrewsbury & Birmingham New Street. They don’t exist. So in fact only half of his journey is in 1st Class.

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    • 78
      Mornington Crescent says:

      Exactly. They did exist, in the form of the excellent (and good value) Wrexham & Shropshire; Kawczynski was a big supporter. That nice, cuddly free-enterprise Mr. Branson crushed them – through the courts.

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  22. 44
    Hugh Janus says:

    One to add to ‘Seen Elsewhere Guido?:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/9633379/Gordon-Browns-secret-army-could-defeat-the-Coalitions-welfare-and-education-reforms.html

    Just for a moment there Fraser Nelson had me feeling sorry for One Term Dave, but thankfully the feeling was short-lived.

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    • 45
      Hugh Janus says:

      Sorry, should have been ‘Seen Elsewhere’ Guido….

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    • 55
      I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

      +1

      I read that this morning and I, too, almost felt sorry for Dave. Almost. If he’d spent his time in opposition paying attention to what was going on, he might have been a bit better prepared come May 2010. And since then, if he hadn’t distracted himself with hugging huskies, gay marriage and HS2, foreign aid and basically pissing-off most of the people in his own Party, he might have had a moment or two to sit down and deal with Labour’s toxic legacy.

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    • 59
      Toon... says:

      Excellent article, I hope the tits in blue read it……….

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  23. 47
    Is it me? says:

    Ed Conway appeared pathetic constantly focussing on Osbourne’s 1st Class ticket – for which he paid himself and for the others when we have an economic meltdown. Business reporters should stick to economics and leave the class war to the lefties

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    • 60
      S Flanders, dahling of the BBC says:

      But I do both.

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    • 89
      Central Office stooge says:

      ‘for which he paid himself’

      Who bought the original ticket? Not George.
      Who paid on the train for the 1stClass ticket? Not George.
      Who pays in the end for the travel? Answers please.

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  24. 53
    PADDY DOCHERTY says:

    Another Tory who thinks he can pull the wool over his end

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  25. 54
    QT Cuties says:

    To be fair he did start off life in Poland, life must has been tough, like so many of his compatriots he soon discovered the land of milk and honey and more than made up for it!

    The English way, trust and be ripped off!

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  26. 58
    ewe must be joking says:

    What’s the name of his girlfriend?

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  27. 66
    curbishly says:

    If I could afford the difference I would gladly pay for first class than travel with some of the more unpleasant working class dross.

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  28. 70
    Beast says:

    Make them travel on the roof indian
    style
    His girlfreind is mutton dressed as lamb a bit like sally bercow

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  29. 71
    Margaret Moran says:

    I got a rent-a-shrink to tell a court I’m mad and they let me off. Toot toot!

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  30. 91
    Owain S says:

    As a fellow tall man, I’m actually OK with this one. Standard class can be a chuffing nightmare if it’s crowded and you’re >6’2″. I sometimes get an upgrade if it’s not too much extra. Ditto leg room on flights. Maybe really tall MPs can get extra allowance for upgraded travel?

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  31. 94
    Jimmy says:

    I see “Labour MP” has been changed to “MP” rather than to “Tory MP”. Quelle surprise.

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