July 30th, 2013

MacShane in Court

Denis MacShane is due at Westminster Magistrates Court today to face expenses fiddling charges:

20130730-084723.jpg “The charge is of false accounting, contrary to the Theft Act 1968. It is alleged that Denis Macshane claimed expenses for research and translation services carried out by a company that did not carry out that work. This charge relates to fraudulent claims with a total value of £12,900.”

Stay tuned…


78 Comments

  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    Black cap at the ready

  2. 2
    John Walsh says:

    Important that the MacShanes of the political world are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Too many like Labour MP Sir Stuart Bell got away with it for too long.

    • 22
      Old Blind Pugh says:

      • 67
        Our dishonest thieves are better than your dishonest thieves, because they 'care' says:

        Stuart Bell invisible Labour MP, who lived in Paris and had his hands in the till for decades, is comparable to a comic creation from twenty odd years ago?

        What a strange, morally empty world, you inhabit.

    • 60
      Cardinal Biggles says:

      Sir Stuart Bell – wasn’t he the late, and not so great, ‘MP’ for the Quartier Pigalle?

    • 65
      Anonymous says:

      Who on Earth thought it was funny to give him that cake ? he was an MP for petes sake, going to be charged with fraud of some sort ! hilarious.

  3. 3
    The EU is croques (de merde) monsieur says:

    Another day another Labour politician in the dock. When is it going to be Campbell’s and Blair’s day?

    • 12
      Living in 97.223% white Merseyside says:

      That nice Mr Blair was a regular sort of guy. He said so himself. As for Mr Campbell, he was tough and ruthless. I admire that in a person.

      Look at the idiots Mr Cameron has surrounded himself with!

      • 16
        Bemused of Suffolk says:

        In my experience, poor directors (who know they’re out of their depth) tend to surround themselves with totally crap managers (who are also out of their depth) because the crap director values loyalty over competence.

        • 19
          Peter Grimes says:

          Lots of people choose poodles on the same basis.

        • 36
          Old Blind Pugh says:

          Yes, it is frightening, even worse is the instance where poor directors (who NOT know they’re out of their depth) gather around themselves folks like themselves because they are jolly good chaps, been to the same schools and universities, and of course the right clubs.

      • 34
        Anonymous says:

        Tough and ruthless can be admirable but only if the person isn’t actually a c’unt.

        • 43
          Anonymous says:

          Tough and ruthless are a substitute image, for being incompetent.

          As long as the workers fear what is coming next, they do not question the actual decisions made in the past. If the future is more uncertain than the illogical daily life, why waste time correcting the current situation.

          Poor manager distraction policy.

        • 47
          Old Blind Pugh says:

          Temujin was tough and ruthless and demanded loyalty from his followers, he did not did not like disloyalty even in his enemies.

    • 18
      Pickled Wizard says:

      I thought Charles Lynton had had his day at court?

      • 21
        Peter Grimes says:

        Let’s wait for the Chilcot report, and hope that he doesn’t suppress any of the evidence of Blair-Campbell’s wrongdoing.

  4. 4
    Perry Barr Button says:
    • 27
      Ellie-Mae (8) says:

      You drink with trolls Dennis?
      Is this the start of the “mental instability” gambit for the court?

      • 39
        dish it out says:

        Perhaps MacShame could advise Tom Watson on how
        to avoid resorting to saloon-bar abuse?

    • 58
      Maqboul says:

      But there already is – the Report Abuse button attached to every post.

      • 74
        Anonymous says:

        But they dont do anything if you “report abuse” on the Graun, vile comments are not removed.To be fair, most of the time there wouldnt be any left if they remove all the abusive ones !

    • 72
      Anonymous says:

      Im with Dennis on this one, most of the comments after Guardian on line articles are really vile, you do have to wonder at the sanity of some posters.Something like an abuse button would be excellent.

  5. 5
    Ctesibius says:

    It’s not really ‘fiddling’ – it’s a serious fraud.

  6. 6
    Claire Perry and mine's a pint of Stella Creasy says:

    Anyone who falls foul of the nice tweet only law will be sent to jail.

  7. 7
    Ah! Monika says:

    That report has been in the HoC toilet for 5 days now, unless it’s been used for other purposes.

  8. 9
    a non says:

    Was Dennis just trying to establish his credentials to become a permanent fixture as BBSee ‘political expert’ for future programming?
    The financial troughing there appears much more extensive than many an MP and a failed Socialist / LibDem seems to work as a pre-requisite for all invitations.

    • 26
      Peter Grimes says:

      He was an Al JaBeeBa mouthpiece/arsehole (interchangeable for Beeboids) in a previous troughing existence, wasn’t he? It’s called career progression, like that liar James Purnell of Abrahams’ donation notoriety.

      • 41
        BBC producer says:

        MP’s who’ve committed fraud, paedophiles, plagiarising journalists-We’re happy
        to employ them all.
        So long as they all sing from our leftie songsheet.

  9. 10
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    Hanging’s too good for them!

  10. 11
    Margaret Moran says:

    Don;t forget the tips I gave you Denis, and good luck – Break a leg vertebrae as they say

  11. 13
    Denis MacShameless says:

    It’s OK, Vicky’s given me tips on how to survive in a nice, cushy holiday camp open prison.

  12. 14
    Living in 97.223% white Merseyside says:

    Are we going to fill the prisons to bursting point with people serving 56 days for making abusive tweets? They’ll have to release hundreds of undesirables early to accommodate them.

    • 24
      Bemused of Suffolk says:

      The idea is it works as a deterrent, so you’d only have to jail a few before the others get the message.

      It’s like illegal immigration. Start shooting people who are in the UK illegally. You wouldn’t have to shoot them all, just five or six of them. The rest will leave, very quickly, of their own accord and at their own expense.

      • 31
        Anonymous says:

        Bit harsh, but workable..

      • 45
        Robert Zimmerman says:

        I’m doing my best.

      • 49
        Anonymous says:

        Film: Children of Men.

        What happens when they start shooting them upon returning home. No solution is without an unintended consequence. You pay them to go, they pay them to go. You intern them, they send all their criminals, You shoot they, they shoot them.

        The only way is if the two countries agree. Sadly with the EU that can not happen as the EU has no people. They have nothing to fear. That is why the EU has to go.

      • 53
        Sir William Wade says:

        Since very many of the abusive tweeters will be juveniles or the prematurely brain-dead, the authorities would have to be selective and only prosecute the ‘worst’ cases. The only people to go to jail would be those whose opinions the authorities particularly wished to suppress, and those who had annoyed somebody powerful.

        • 56
          Anonymous says:

          That is the current situation. It is obvious from the letters that the government sends to threaten those that speak out about unnecessary deaths.

          They are quite specific in their threats. But because there is no judicial system in this country, they feel safe in making them written threats.

        • 61
          Maqboul says:

          Is Twitter too big to fail now? It should be left to its own devices and the effete twitterers who post on there need to man up.

          If you are being trolled, block them; don’t go running to the authorities; don’t write a gut wrenching, heartbreaking sob story in the tabloids. It might sadden the people in Afghanistan and Syria if they discover utterly dreadful life is in Walhamstow.

  13. 17
    OMG says:

    HEALTH bosses have handed out £30million in NHS pensions to ex-workers who have died.

    I hope they are going to reclaim it from the relatives who kept it frauduently

    • 25
      No more Mr Softy says:

      With interest. As you say, it is fraud not to inform a pension provider about the death of a recipient.

      • 69
        Sir William Wade says:

        Not exactly, I think, but it is theft to accept a pension to which you know you are not entitled.

        • 75
          Anonymous says:

          But arent widows/ widowers/civil partners, allowed a “survivors” pension ? which annoys me as a single NHS pensioner.I paid the same as them in contributions !

    • 54
      Anonymous says:

      I see now they are doing surveys on exit from Hospitals.

      All the more important to put certain ill treated people on the Liverpool pathway. The only way to get the scores better.

      Death by unintended consequences.

      The only way is to have random inspections. They need to fear that the next person pushing a trolley is an inspector with a hidden camera.

  14. 20
    Peter Thirlwall says:

    I understand that MacShane’s Solicitor has requested and been granted more time to prepare for court and that MacShane will not be in court today but will appear at a later date, to be set this morning.
    I would have thought that having been under investigation, for the last three years, by both the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and the Metropolitan Police he would be in a position to make a plea today

    • 28
      Peter Grimes says:

      But ‘guilty’ is such a difficult word for a ZaNuLieBor apparatchik to grind out.

    • 32
      WoRaft ChIHUAHua says:

      Gracious me no. Pleas are for little people, not special magic snowflakes. Ditto courts and prisons. It hurts them much more than us mere mortals so they must be spared any discomfort which we would be expected to endure.

    • 34
      No more Mr Softy says:

      Same as the other twats. He’s working out if the evidence is strong enough to be an odds on conviction or not which will decide if he takes his chances and pleads not guilty or admit he done it and accept a lower custodial tariff.

      It really is time that these costly and time wasting tactics were sorted out by our law makers, or perhaps they see little incentive to do so at the moment while they fill the court lists.

      • 38
        Mornington Crescent says:

        Half of our law-makers are lawyers; you’re more likely to see turkeys voting for Christmas.

    • 76
      Anonymous says:

      Typical, i would have more respect for these people if they held their hands up and said “its a fair cop” Chris Huhne and his girlfriend will forever look like morons in my book.(i know she sued for slander, but she was daft to do so.)

  15. 29
    Screw & Shafter Solicitors says:

    We don’t hurry, we think of the expenses….and we have a golf appointment later.

  16. 30
    John Bercow says:

    Never trust overly nasal men.

  17. 40
    Ippikin says:

    Off message for a mo’ – isn’t it time Margaret Moran was re-assessed?

  18. 62
    Enoch Powell says:

    I was right.

  19. 64
    Bob Diamond Geezer says:

    Can anyone lend us £5bn?

  20. 65
    False Alarm says:
  21. 68
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    The gift that keeps on giving. Did Vicky drive him there – or has she dropped him now?

  22. 70
    Law bent for ex law maker and BBC pundit says:
  23. 71
    George Zimmerman says:

    You want me to help you brits get rid of your black criminals?

  24. 77
    lexander says:

    Will he qualify for legal aid?

  25. 78
    Reggae reggae says:

    Every time I see a picture of McShame, I think it is David Rodigan.


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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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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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