December 13th, 2012

Miller Car Crash Interview Raises More Expenses Questions

Maria Miller has been well and truly skewered by the Standard this afternoon during an interview in which she tried to play down allegations about her expenses. Did Sir Thomas Legg, the man who carried out the first independent audit into her second home claims, know that her parents lived in the property? “I obviously spoke to the Fees Office about my claims and they were happy that everything was in order”. Hardly a yes.

Who was the second independent auditor? Joe Murphy reports that “The Culture Secretary replied that it was the Conservative Party which “audited all Conservative MPs’ expenses”.  Her definition of independent may raise some eyebrows as the Tory panel was headed by the then Chief Whip and David Cameron’s chief of staff”. Most suspect of all was Miller’s answer to the charge that her decision to stop claiming just as the expenses scandal broke was more than coincidence:

“”I think there was a lot of concern about the rules and, er, a lot of concern about, you know, the whole issue, and it’s something I felt that I didn’t want to be, sort of, mixed up in, the fact that I …”  Mrs Miller finally stopped trying to explain herself, and simply said:  “I just made that decision.””

She will have to do better than that when John Lyon comes calling…


72 Comments

  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    She is a politician so therefore a piggy! oink oink!

    • 4
      Paxman says:

      Are you available for interview?

      • 42
        Anonymous says:

        Why doesn’t the people wait for the enquiry to finish. Also someone should look at what special advisor(s) said.

        It might be time to change the rule and link the amount MPs can claim as rent to Housing Benefits Local Housing Allowance for 1 bedroom property where ever they rent. £20,000 per year seems very high.

    • 8
      Knock Knock says:

      whoes there

      Oink oink a big troughing pig headed Tory trougher

    • 11
      King Edward says:

      yes and she killed disabled people for fun along with grayling and duncan smith

    • 67
      Never mind says:

      For a moment I thought it was Sir John Lydon who was going to come calling.

    • 70
      Crabwaladr Moonpatch says:

      You know, I’ve never actually heard a pig say ‘Oink’. Pigs snuffle and grunt and occasionally, squeal, but Oink? – they don’t.

  2. 2
    Cradley Heathen says:

    Off topic but I don’t care – we need a smaller scale then the Richter one for measuring the small tremors caused by fracking.
    Can I suggest the Tori scale?

  3. 3
    Dead in the water says:

    Who will want to be the next Culture Secretary?

    • 7
      Rupert says:

      I wouldn’t mind.

    • 27
      well who would have guessed says:

      Culture in Britain was destroyed in 1974 and send to the dustbin in 1997

      • 33
        BBC - Labour Says, Labour Says, Guardian states says:

        Thank you Guido.
        We are now on the case and will flood the airways and blogosphere with this Conservative Nasty Party corruption news. Tally Ho.

    • 40
      LouLou the Bag Lady says:

      Think maybe I done a runner too quick-like? Shoulda stuck around, maybe quietly disposed of that prick with the nine-inch uncut, well, y’know? That position’s gonna be a poison chalice anyway after Judge Brian, innit? They mighta wanted to stick me with it, seeing I was on the CMS select committee with Fat Bastard, thinkin’ I’d f*ckin’ regret it, yeah? But anyway, y’know wot they say, any publicity’s good, long as they spell the name right…

    • 46
      Jeremy Cunt says:

      Not my turn – already done it.

  4. 5
    Johan says:

    On the bright side, she’s not about to enter a high court libel battle regarding Twitter comments…

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/dec/13/sally-bercow-lord-mcalpine

    • 25
      @Sally Bercow says:

      I will fight this case however much of the taxpayers money it costs *am I bovvered face*

    • 29
      Bookie says:

      She has a good chance provided she does not run out of money during proceedings.

      • 43
        A non lawyer admittedly but.... says:

        Much as I can’t stand the woman, I actually think she is correct in that her tweet was not libelous. Be interesting to see how this pans out.

        • 57
          cropper punts says:

          Good for her, she was just commenting on what she read anyway.
          Give the BEEB a shown up for crumbling to the old bstrd and his shyster ambulance chasers.

  5. 6
    muller fight says:

    Ed Davey looks like he has a heavy head, like it is full of something a bit dense

    • 17
      well who would have guessed says:

      I’d be happier if he would spend his own money on his own green green grass of home, not mine on windmills that don’t and green things that aren’t and pumping billions into the green black holes of dreamland and energy companies, who are atm spending pennies on pushing loft insulation while pretending the world has no energy reserves and blaming the latest in thing global warming or is it global cooling or next week the Mayan calendar catastrophe, the politicians should only get paid on perfomance maybe we could save a few quid.

    • 22
      Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP says:

      I am a LimpDim. We are here to save the planet – no expense spared.

  6. 9
    Alexsandr says:

    useless minister.

    she was babbling on PM programme tues night. She wasnt convincing about the triple lock and the ECHR, she babbled about her expenses, then she went on to say gay marriages didn’t need comsumation, and that adultery wasnt a reason for a gay divorce. Which makes the whole thing a sham, and debases marriage as a concept.

    And she should sack her stupid spad (The one who threatened a telegraph journo) right away – rememember SPAD is railway jargon for signal passed at danger. Well her SPAD is well named.

  7. 10
  8. 12
    Jerf says:

    Oh to be a piano stool.

  9. 13
    Justine Thornton QC Wife of Millonaire Ed says:

    Surely it is about time that one of the universities appoints an acedemic to do a study and publish the results on “Why do politicians turn into thieving bastards”

    • 15
      Cradley Heathen says:

      Isn’t it the other way around?

      • 26
        83ast17 says:

        You both miss the point
        They pop out of the womb with both character flaws
        The morals of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady with the cunning of an oligarch

    • 37
      Real Politik says:

      Finding the funding may prove difficult.

    • 52
      Time for another survey says:

      There must be some seat of learning that can fit this into their daft study schedule perhaps after completing the study of why bears defecate in forested areas.

  10. 14
    Andrew Efiong says:

    A culture of fraud and entitlement.

  11. 18
    RED ED MILLIONAIREBAND says:

    She is toast !!! ( this can be translated into 58 different different languages upon request #Neathergate )

  12. 19
    Yvonne from The Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    Why is Cameron giving 2.2 million of our money to some Libyans now ?

    After what we have done for them I think they should be paying us money .

  13. 24
    Hank the Cat says:

    Was reading the seen elsewhere column came across this in the Irish Times, we talk about only a billion pounds ect. But what does it mean?

    This is a truly staggering amount of money. A billion is a difficult number to comprehend but one US marketing agency helped demystify its sheer magnitude as follows: “a billion seconds ago it was 1959, a billion minutes ago Julius Caesar was alive, and a billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age”.

    • 32
      83ast17 says:

      Mohammed was only around 1 Billion years ago?

      His chums are still in the stone age

    • 34
      Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

      A billion here, a billion there and pretty soon we’d left Britain with the biggest budget deficit since World War II

    • 38
      Archie O'Logist says:

      The Liebour party are still in the stone age. Especially relics like Bob Crow.

    • 41

      I’ve had to pay a million apologies to Virgin Care for all the things I got wrong about them on my blog. I’m so, so sorry.

      It will take me 50 focking years to pay off the settlement but I’m not allowed to say that.

  14. 39
  15. 45
    Jay says:

    Oh dear! Piggy Miller’s been caught with her snout in the trough – naughty little sow! Will disastrous Dave step in to step in to save her bacon, or has she broiled her own ham in the juices of hypocrisy for far too long? Can’t see how she can evade the bacon slicer for this one.
    This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed at home, this little piggy ate roast beef, this little piggy had none and this little piggy cried “you say anything ’bout my iffy expenses and I’ll get my mate the boar/bore? Leveson to shut your trap!” (whilst defending the freedom of the press of course).

  16. 48
    David Cameron says:

    No offense,Guido, but, you know I don’t give a shit right?

  17. 63
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    Judged before she is judged. Will no one ever learn.

  18. 64
    Caligula says:

    Piggy Miller is as bad as the corrupt, troughing Moran woman. Arrogant and contemptuous is the way she has come across so far. And quite ready to pass the buck to the Fees Office or to whoever else it is she claims approved her accounts. I hope she is forced to resign over this latest example of how little has changed in the House of Corruption.

  19. 65
    The savant10.4 highway patrol says:

    ” i am a libyan revolutionary who was renditioned by the british govt in 2004 from the far east to lybia where me and my family were imprisoned without just cause and I claim my 2.2 million. Pounds from the british govt,”

  20. 66
    keredybretsa says:

    Calls herself a pollytischun I call it a liberty!

  21. 68
    Simon says:

    Those who throw stones in tax payer paid glass houses etc….

  22. 71
    Sue Marsh says:

    If this is the same as Tony McNulty, as papers have reported, I hope she will be dealt with at least as harshly.
    Miller really is a despicable character. She was utterly and knowingly dishonest about the impact welfare reform would have on sick and disabled people. She knowingly allowed millions to suffer, lied to the public throughout and not ONCE put out any kind of supportive statement related to disability in any way.
    I’m sure most of you don’t believe me quite yet, but she has blood on her hands. You will be horrified when history recounts what she ACTUALLY did, not what she SAYS she did. She accepted her role as disability minister knowing very well that she wld be tasked with betraying them on a vast scale. She saw it through unflinchingly, lied with dazzling ease and accepted her ransom with a promotion to Culture Sec.
    If she should now find herself in a crisis, I can say that I cannot think of anyone more deserving of a Karma butt-kicking. I’m known for my remarkable Pollyanna outlook and zen-like reasonableness.
    However, for probably the first time in my life, I hope she suffers as much as humanly possible. I hope this scandal totally destroys her. I hope she loses everything and ends up destitute and hungry, homeless and racked with pain.
    Then maybe she will get to experience the same horror she inflicted on sick & disabled ppl.

  23. 72
    Moo Valongthare. says:

    Hmm not a lot of comments on this thread,amazing,not.


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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.”



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