September 13th, 2013

Taxpayer Pays MPs’ Relatives £4 Million-a-Year

snouts-frontpagesFollowing on from Guido yesterday, this morning the Mail and the Mirror go after the MPs who top up their household income by employing their wives and daughters, creaming off the taxpayer. A quarter of MPs give a job to their family, the taxpayer forks out £4 million-a-year to pay the wages of family members. The problem is not so much that relatives of MPs have these jobs, rather the often non-existent selection process. How did they get the job? What was the selection process? How can they ever be sacked?

One of the most common complaints Guido receives from parliamentary researchers is that in some cases family employees simply don’t do any work for their money. They often aren’t even aware the wife is employed at all…


Back in 2009 after the expenses scandal Sir Christopher Kelly’s Committee on Standards in Public Life report into MPs’ Expenses and Allowances looked into this in detail. They found that MPs paid family members on average nearly £2,000 more than non-family members.

The Committee determined

  • Such arrangements are at odds with good employment practice in the private and public sector.
  • There would be line-management issues between two people who had a personal relationship and “it is difficult to see how such an approach could ever operate satisfactorily in practice, given the personal relationships involved.”
  • „„Employing family members is fundamentally unmeritocratic, restricting access for others to political experience and jobs.
  • The employment of family members has been banned in a number of other legislatures.
  • MPs’ offices are not small family businesses. They are supported by public funds.

For those reasons the Committee on Standards in Public Life recommended that

pig-in-shitMPs should no longer be able to appoint members of their own families to their staff and pay them with public funds. Those currently employing family members should be able to continue to do so for the life of one further Parliament or five years, whichever is the longer.

MPs quietly scuppered the family gravy train being derailed…


  1. 1
    The British Public says:

    Good work Guido.

  2. 2
    Prince Kropotkin says:

    Nepotism is theft from the taxpayer

  3. 3
    Nothing Better To Do says:

    Politics is the art of theft. No surprise that political professionals are good at fiddling their expenses.

  4. 4
  5. 5
    Go now Ed while there is still time for a new 2015 leader. Diane Abbott says:

    In a thinly veiled article for her Jamaican Newspaper column. British MP Diane Abbott calls for Edward Mliband to stand down as Labour leader.

  6. 6
    Time 2 CTRL, ALT & DEL says:

    Has it ever occurred to anybody that if they didn’t employ their wives/ partners they would a) have to employ somebody else and b) end up in bed with somebody else.
    I don’t see what the fuss is about.

  7. 7
    Y says:

    here’s another good one c/o the fascist dwp:

    tory scum stop at nothing to hit the poor/ disabled/ unemployed


  8. 8
    Monganony says:

    You didn’t read Guido’s post. Some spouses/relatives are not even aware that they are employed.

  9. 9
    DeanoX says:

    I praise the MPs clear +ve stance on encouraging the transferable tax allowance to maximise net income for married couples that this approach shows…I just wish they’d let the rest of us do the same. Guido you really should ensure you allow for Tax implications when you create the headline numbers. E.g. The Dorries are making fine use of 3 personal allowances whilst if just one of them was “earning” the headline total they would have already lost that single personal allowance.

  10. 10
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Snouts in the trough continued. Boaz.

  11. 11
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    Don’t let this Friday 13th be unlucky for you. Get up, put some lipstick on, wear your highest heels, and slap Friday 13 in the face.

  12. 12
    Carina says:

    Vote Huhne get twice for the Pryce.

  13. 13
    Popeye says:

    I can see nothing wrong with this set up, with the proviso they are actually working and not simply on the pay roll. Presumably someone would have to do the work and who more trustworthy than a relative (with the exception of a Milliband).
    If this is not the case, then it is an open and shut case of fraud and should be treated as such.

  14. 14
    Popeye says:

    That goes for you women too.

  15. 15
    Ron Barras says:

    The scummers are at it again.

    This is cronyism and nepotism run wild with our money. If these MPs can’t spot it, they’re not fit to pass legislation.

  16. 16
    Londoner says:

    That is the point. MPs should give someone else a chance at a job, if indeed there is a job. MPs are well paid enough not to need to fiddle like this.

    As for sleeping with an MP, I can think of few things worse

  17. 17
    Howzat1932 says:

    The biggest claimers are most probably the same grubby people who moan about the low basic wage .If its such a low rate and over worked existance why the race to get their wives and kids in the trough,I doubt very much if long serving Hon.membaers like Dennis Skinner will retire with less than a few millions in the bank and a pension we mere mortals can dream of.What he can honestly say he has acchieved other than the odd intervention at PMQS which is just to let us know where he stands shoulder to shoulder with Joseph Stalin .A plauge on all their houses.

  18. 18
    Londoner says:

    Then you are an apologist for corruption. This is public money.

    Jobs should be advertised and there should be a fair selection process.

  19. 19
    Fiddle says:

    So. Any employee who has staff can insist on said staff being relatives?

    Naïve one, can’t you see that letting MPs employ their nearest and dearest out of the public purse is open to corruption on so many fronts?

    MPs are not exactly above fiddling their books are they?

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  21. 21
    Londoner says:


    You have answered your own question. Any MP employing a relative should be banned from public office.

  22. 22
    Lord Rennard says:

    Why don’t poor, disabled and unrmployed people get a job then, like the rest of us or is it their hoooman rites?

  23. 23
    John Tandy says:

    Yet another abuse of taxpayers money…..

  24. 24
    Casual Observer says:

    The ideology which rules is communitarianism, not national socialism.

    This was introduced by Blair (third way) and imported from Europe.

    LibLabCon is a continuation of this: Cameron is not a Conservative just an EU puppet.

  25. 25
    Distraction Watch says:

    Oooh look over there. Don’t look here, look there.

  26. 26
    The British Public says:

    Where is my right of recall?

    (And I don’t mean a fake right to beg a committee of politicians to consider if one of their number has let the side down by being caught out).

  27. 27
    Gideon says:

    Probably it would be less expensive. That last point, they do that anyway don’t they

  28. 28
    Who cares anymore, it's Syria people care about not people of this country says:

    Brown created the economic crisis in Britain, by taxing everything in sight to pay for votes, by the way the Nazis were socialists, go and get on your bike and compete with all the immigrants that Liebour’s open door policy has let in, you can’t have it both ways, someone has to pay ,it’s your turn, get over it.

  29. 29
    Dave says:

    I employ my wife to support the Syrian rebels on the taxpayer

  30. 30
    Fishy says:

    I don’t agree.

    On this occasion the Committee have got this wrong. These unlike public appointments – like the one the hopeless Jaqui Smith was placed into yesterday – are not like other jobs. The normal ‘fair and open rules should not apply.

    As I posted yesterday, imagine for example if an MP advertised the position on a fair and open basis and they had to consider all and sundry, irrespective of political beliefs. Think about the Labour sockpuppets that would use their entryist techniques to worm their way into an MPs office, confidential papers etc. They would cause havoc and embarrassment at every opportunity.

    And what about the apparently good employee that turns out to be a lazy fucker…sick all the time (and I’ve met plenty of them). When the MP had to sack them can you imagine what would happen. Polly, Owen, the BBC and it’s Guardian subsidiary would have a field day.

    If an MP believes their his partner has the skills to run their office, they have their trust, and they are paid the market rate, that’s more than ok by me.

    BUT it has to be a real job….they’ve got to work for their money…and they should be paid no more than the market rate, something that the Commons authorities could dictate by using Civil Service pay scales

  31. 31
    Time 2 CTRL, ALT & DEL says:

    Then in his attack he should identify those rather than throw this blanket over all.
    It is not GFs usual style – maybe the intern was at the office first this morning.

  32. 32
    Ron Barras says:

    Sorry, this is public money. It’s my money. And I want it spent with proper safeguards.

    These scummers need to join the real world. With their subsidised canteens, lavish housing expenses and more they’re all on the take.

  33. 33
    BloJo with his wimmin says:

    Come on chaps

    TGIF Let’s have a Pussy Riot

  34. 34
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Until we execute the top ten MP troughers publicly every year they will not stop thieving from us.

  35. 35
    M a f i a Boss says:

    I have always employed members of the family

    And they obey, unlike other wimmin and children

  36. 36
    EXACTLY says:

    SamCam’s Syrian lobbying: PM’s wife ‘is behind Cameron’s sympathy for the rebels’

  37. 37
    Fishy says:

    Agreed Popeye.

    Nothing wrong with this as long as it’s a proper job.

    Essentially an MPs office is a small operation. Many, many small firms employ relatives.

    Nothing wrong with this at all. I would be happy for the Commons to enforce specific rates pay for the job

  38. 38
    Squire from the Shires says:

    I remember when the Member’s wife did all this work for free

    And when the Member represented Britain’s interests

  39. 39

    This is fine theory but it only goes so far. Handycock has shown us that it is possible to incentivise a young woman by giving her a role in exchange for sex. No family is involved here. But it is still abuse of their ability to use taxpayers’ monies to prefer themselves in some way.

    Frankly this sort of thing has always gone on and, in all probability, always will. It is relatively small beer on the one hand but could be argued to loosen ethical standards on the other.

    I am far more concerned about the billions which are being spent needlessly employing non-job no-goods, overseas aid which gets misused and the EU contribution and which dwarf these poultry, if undesirable, sums.


  40. 40
    Westminster Village Idiot says:

    Good idea

  41. 41
    Richard Timney says:

    You’re out of touch Guido, don’t you realise we spouses have to pay for our own porn now!

  42. 42
    Gideon says:

    You never know what you might catch eh?

  43. 43


    Cock-up? Or pullet? :-)


  44. 44
    Confucius, he says:

  45. 45
    Even the CIA says:

    She’s been used as a shill for Al Qaida. How edifying is that?

  46. 46
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    All those stickers said “Vote for Owen Jones”, and we didn’t listen. <- boom-tish!!

  47. 47
    The Committee says:

    •MPs’ offices are not small family businesses. They are supported by public funds.

  48. 48
    Gideon says:

    We do not need to go that far, why not force them to walked shackled in one of those orange boiler suits firstly from Piccadilly Circus to Marble Arch with a card each side with “BEEN FOUND TROUGHING IN PRLIAMENT” printed on each card, then in the same regalia forced to stand in the centre of their constituency for 2 hours.

  49. 49
    Grabbit & Scarper says:

    So, there we have it….

    The most sickening aspect is the moronic tossers that continue to vote these scum/thieves into a positions of trust and responsibility…

    British Parliment “all in it together”

  50. 50
    Gideon says:

    Well they do call it the Cosa Nostra

  51. 51
    Ma­qb­oul says:

    And if the wife is a lazy fucker, she wouldn’t be sacked and we’d still be footing the bill for her.

    All the pitfalls you’ve mentioned are the same for every business and public department and yet they manage perfectly well.

  52. 52
    Torch and Pitchforks 'R' Us says:

    People like you really give me the hump.

  53. 53
    Dr Strangelove says:

    Ghost written ?

  54. 54
    End Corruption says:

    Bollocks. An MP’s office is not a small family farm or newsagent.

    It is a public office, paid for by the public. Employees should be fairly selected. An MP may say he needs to be able to trust people. Every employer who has to recruit from the talent pool that is ‘the public’ has this issue – MPs will just have to learn how to manage people professionally.

  55. 55
    Casual Observer says:

    A smear from a disgruntled ex party member in a rag which has the highest rate of correction publications because it is partial to print lies to support it’s agenda.

    If he had made the claims whilst still in the party he would have some credibility.

  56. 56
    Married man with children who feels unrepresented in Parliament says:

    Good post. Allowing MPs to employ their wives and children also ensure that at least some are heterosexuals with a family life. It also allows constituencies to try to select a husband and wife team, as opposed to the junior metrosexual apparatchik that their party central office or it trades union bosses wish to foist on them.

  57. 57
    Ma­qb­oul says:

    It should be over all so that we can see the magnitude of this taxpayer funded problem of nepotism.

  58. 58
    A nincumpoop says:

    OMG, you people just don’t get it, do you.

    MPs have won a fair competition after selflessly put themselves forward as representatives of the people.

    We owe them all a great debt.

    How can you possibly think that they’re in any way self-serving? What a hopeless bunch you are.

  59. 59
    Making the point. says:

    This arrangement happens up and down the land. I have this arrangement for my small business and we both contribute. Why the feck if my wife has the required skills and experience am I ever going to employ anyone else? Please don’t throw that public money crap around if they can’t then nor could we

  60. 60
    Hoots! It's Clown says:

    The plumber came early around and gave my stink pipe a good rodding.

    Which was surprising, as I’d asked him to change a tap washer.

  61. 61
    Anne Sard says:

  62. 62
    Ma­qb­oul says:

    They have mayors in charge of vices?

  63. 63
    Gideon says:

    It has now become party central offices who dictate who stands as a candidate, that applies to all parties, especially the parachuted articles that are nominated to stand in one party states constuencies

  64. 64
    Torch and Pitchforks 'R' Us says:

    Yada, yada…

    All pitchforks are available in ‘oldskool’ 2 prong or the more deadly looking 5 pronged version.

    Free torches with every purchase.

  65. 65
    Married man with children who feels unrepresented in Parliament says:

    Unthinking camels with humps are rather like the Salafists who put the hate into the Caliphate.

  66. 66
    Son of Confucius says:

    We also execute Islamist terrorists

    One bullet in the back of the head, paid for the the families

  67. 67
    Nostalgic says:

    You must be old. How is the free TV license going? Seen anything worth watching on the state broadcaster recently?

  68. 68
    Casual Observer says:

    A number were directly identified in articles yesterday.

    Including again in this post would distract from subject that MSM have now picked up and what the Committee on Standards in Public Life set down as guidance / rules.

    At best it is clear that many MPs have not followed the spirit of the rules and have apparently denied equal opportunity for employment for publicly funded positions.

  69. 69
    nellnewman says:

    Sllippery aren’t they, these MP’s?

    As soon as one troughing scheme is discovered and halted they’ve come up with another.

  70. 70
    Fishy says:

    No they don’t

  71. 71
    Ma­qb­oul says:

    And you can each live in each other’s second homes, share expense outgoings, and plot over soggy lasagne.

    Mind, the pair of you have to stare at each other’s face over breakfast.

  72. 72
    Wonga says:

    I’d like the public to pay my wife to stay at home and do my paperwork for me in my public service role. But I’d rightly be laughed out of my bosses office if I asked.

  73. 73
    Ma­qb­oul says:

    Yes they do. Obviously you’re an MP who has never worked in the real world.

  74. 74
    Gideon says:

    You must be one of them then, admittedly there are a few who altruistic, but most cannot wait to jump into the trough, they would scratch each others eyes out to get into a nice safe, jobbies for life constituency eg when the number of constituencies was proposed to be reduced.

  75. 75
    Casual Observer says:

    I) because the enrichment in that part of town would likely not understand at all what is going on

    ii) Because as soon as the spectacle is over the c’unt would be back at the trough

  76. 76
    Gideon says:

    Nell they take away with one hand but give even more with the other

  77. 77
    RickyTshed says:

    Mp’s should be paid a salary with no expenses, they can then have as many of their family as staff as they damn well want.

  78. 78
    Ma­qb­oul says:

    There’s only one person more unsuitable for leader of the Labour Party than Milliband…

  79. 79
    Dr Strangelove says:

    Maj could create a new officer with the power of life and death to oversee these crooks and summarily deal with the guilty. I’m sure she would have the backing of the populace.

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    couldn't make it up says:

    ‘At odds with good practice in the public and private sectors’ like most jobs aren’t already sorted for family and friends.

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    any old crap says:

    News to me they represent the people, they give the impression they represent monied interests and themselves also the party they are in, if you email an MP on anything you get back a load of crap which is the party take of what’s going on, opinions count even for MPs so hopeless we may be, we are still part of the public which is mighty peeved off with the way MPs serve the public, time to stop paying them and let them serve for the public good.

  82. 82
    Casual Observer says:

    With Handycock it would be last chicken in the shop.

    With the sock puppet clearly a turkey.

  83. 83
    Jamaica Observer says:

    She writes it herself (I think) A regular Sunday column. Can’t see any earnings declared in her “Members’ financial interests” returns though

  84. 84
    US Officer says:

    The boy scouts in the White House and Downing Street are marching us somnambulistically towards WW III

    They represent a mortal danger to the world

  85. 85
    Dem Bones says:

    Keep picking over the “connected” bones of this story.

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    A taxpaying member of the public says:

    As their employer I expect MPs to get best value for my money. They must advertise jobs and, fairly, select the best person for the post, not their shag du jour.

  87. 87
    Taxpayer says:

    Wait until someone starts talking about the troughing at freeby Government Residences – fooking millions up the wall there

  88. 88
    Ed Miliband says:

    I’ve tried to get Justine into parliament, but Len doesn’t allow us to choose the safe seats any more.

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    bergen says:

    Wrong. Small firms can employ their relatives because it is their own money and they can spend it as they like. This is our money.

    I’ve no problem with a spouse having a small honorarium for telephone answering duties but, as others on this thread have pointed out, being an MP is not a small private family business.It is a public office.

  90. 90
    Man from the street says:

    But it was alright for him for the 16 years he was in the party until he got kicked off the gravy train.

  91. 91
    lescrompsblogg says:

    Got to keep this one going otherwise it’s #backunderthecarpet

  92. 92
    End Corruption says:

    Mrs Bone knows where the Job Centre is. If she is currently earning a salary commensurate with her ability, she need not fear a pay cut when she looks for a job by ethical means.

  93. 93
    Casual Observer says:

    Does that analysis break down for the Labour selections who paid for their chance to stand in safe Labour seats ?

    And then there is Falkirk. (is report out yet ?)

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    The EU is croques (de merde) monsieur says:

    Liblabcons fiddling the system? What’s new about that?

  95. 95
    One-term Dave (dragging the Tories to their grave) says:

    By Jove, I gave you a cast iron guarantee that I’d put an end to this troughing and.. ooh! Look! Gay marriage! Ooh, wow! That is super! Let’s concentrate on that! Spiffing!

  96. 96
    Yuri Nate says:

    I’ve been inundated with sellers all morning.

    Any more ?

    I just can’t hold the price much longer

    GOLD 1,309.70 -20.60 -1.55%

  97. 97
    The EU is croques (de merde) monsieur says:

    They hire plebs on free interns so they don’t have to pay them any money and then they give high paid jobs to relatives, competent or not. Get real.

  98. 98
    If at first you don't suck seed says:

    Come on cat, random primes won’t do.

    These are not algorithms as promised

    103913 103919 103951 103963 103967 103969 103979 103981 103991 103993 103997 104003 104009 104021 104033

  99. 99
    Dem Bones says:

    Many MPs have other private sector jobs.
    They need “connected” family to help them in Parliament.

  100. 100
    Mick Smetaphor says:

    Can i just point out that a gravy train does not run on rails?

    It is a vessel for dispensing gravy and is generally hand operated. It sits on a table, acting as a small china reservoir for this particular type of sauce.

    Please can you stop mixing up these two types of train?


  101. 101
    Captain Sensible says:

    The real scandal is George Osborne’s hair.


  102. 102
    The House of Commons says:

    We told you so

  103. 103
    Casual Observer says:

    Said the expenses claim to the invoice.

  104. 104
    LBB? says:

    MPs employing wives will be messy come divorce.
    Can a de-sacked wife claim unfair dismissal

  105. 105
    Jabba Le Chat says:

    Consistent with too many other well respected former UKIP members stories about the dear leader and his stalinist tendencies to be ignored.

    Dr. Eric Edmond’s Blog is recommended reading,, as is Autonomous Mind

  106. 106
    If only the poor could fiddle the system like MPs says:

    Wanker Gove says its the fault of the poor that they use food banks.

  107. 107
    French MP says:

    Shag du jour? Very bad taste and inaccurate expression….

    Here, in fact, we make looove to all the sensual journalists who are presented to us to get juicy tips..They are called the “Flying Squadron” – which?for your historians, was created by Catherine de Medicis to distract and control the opposition…

    Our female assistants merely provide the “capotes anglaises”…

  108. 108
    The public are fed Up with the hypocrites in Parliament says:

    Good idea. Time to separate the wheat from the chaff.

  109. 109
    The public are fed up With the hypocrites in Parliament says:

    They do not ‘need’ anything of the sort.

  110. 110
    Dr Strangelove says:

    you don’t think that one reads like it was written by somebody else ?

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    Peter Expat says:

    Rubbish ! Guido is going down the road of the worst red tops. The article is an insult to the many hard working relatives who work for MPs. Just because some abuse it does not give carte blanche for tarring them all with the same brush.
    Why should an MP have to sack someone who knows them well, enough to function well as a good PR/secretary and who is willing to work all sorts of unsocial hours just because they happen to be related? Some of them had the same job before they married the MP.
    It looks like any MP wanting to marry his secretary is now being encouraged to live in sin, since marrying would disadvantage them.

    I’d be more worried about all the queers.

    The bugger currently in the news was elected as a senior conservative party official previously. Has the party no judgment at all these days ?

    When will the UK get back to normal, when it had the mentality to rule the world, instead of worrying about useless things while the country sinks into bankruptcy? There is sod all left to flog off now.

  112. 112
    Problem Solved says:

    Restrict family help to an MP’s spouse or Civil Partner.
    Pay and job description should be standard and published.

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    EqualityLawsApply says:

    Guido should now check whether any of those MPs who employ family members also employ, or advertise for, non-paid or barely-paid interns.

    When approaching the MPs with such queries, they should be warned their responses can be double-checked via FOI requests.

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    What a plonker. says:

    She certainly did not write it herself, she is as thick as two short planks.

  115. 115
    Peter Expat says:

    OK. Name them. There are probably very few. Chucking out glib headlines solves nothing. It isn’t news if the vast majority work hard and do a good job.

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    Anonymous says:

    Liblabcons are enemies of the people and will be arrested and executed for treason after regime change.

  117. 117
    What a plonker. says:

    I certainly would not want to sleep with any woman from the Labour
    front bench. Yuk!! Now I have gone and made myself sick.

  118. 118
    Horses for courses says:

    I don’t think so. All her Sunday musings in the Jamaica Observer sound different to the Abbott we hear over here, I reckon she is fine tuning her words for the different audiences.

    Oddly she comes across more rational and intelligent for her readers in Jamaica than she does for her constituents in Hackney. Which makes me wonder if she is putting on an act in Britain by sounding the radical anti white, black woman. Listen to her TV stuff 20 years ago and she has a posh middle class accent presenting coherent arguments unlike her cultivated rasta Image today.

  119. 119
    Anonymous says:

    SITUATION VACANT: Pest control officer/Crime prevention operative.
    (Would suit recently retired/sacked Military personnel)

    DUTIES: to include extermination of all Parliamentary parasites.

    RATES OF PAY: 25% of all TAX PAYER funds saved. Pro rata £1 000 000 + MANY MANY MORE £MILLIONS

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    Peter Expat says:

    Given MPs working day, it is also a 24/7 job for their secretaries. It isn’t 9-5. If you want to pay for double the staff on a two shift system with all staff,employed politically correctly, be willing to pay the price.
    The present system is going to be cheaper.
    Checking to see that all the currently employed relatives are genuine workers doing the job is not going to be too difficult and anyone failing the test could be charged with fraud. It isn’t brain surgery.
    Government by this sort of Goebbels stuff is not the way to go.

  121. 121
    Peter Expat says:

    Merde encore !

  122. 122
    FFS says:

    Man loses job and gets disgruntled with former employer.

    In other news, woman slightly injured by falling pack of toilet rolls.

  123. 123
    Anonymous says:

    Im obviously wrong, but i thought employing Relatives was banned when we had the expenses scandal a few years ago ? it seems to have got worse looking at the lists !

  124. 124
    FFS says:

    Jesus, my wife is the last person I’d trust. She’d be leaking stories to the press every five minutes for her own amusement. And she has some very strange political opinions too.

  125. 125
    FFS says:

    Isn’t it astonishing that a group of people that are so incompetent they make estate agents look professional can actually manage to hold down 2nd jobs in their spare time?

  126. 126
    Confucius say says:

    Our MPs merely rubberstamp legislation made in the EU. This ‘long hours’ culture is a myth, they have loads of breaks every year & majority do f@ck all.

  127. 127
    Anonymous says:

    Is that you Ed ? the post is stupid enough for it to be you !

  128. 128
    Nogbad the Bad says:

    Good point. How many wives know where the skeletons are buried. Also if it wasn’t wives, would more Tracey Temples be employed instead and MP’s time wasted tupping them, at least if a wife is employed, the MP’s are not going to spend half the day bending them over the desk.

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    FFS says:

    Has it occured to you that National Insurance was invented by the Labour Party but the money simply goes to the treasury where it is spent there and then. It is not an insurance scheme at all. It is a fraud and always has been.

    If it was an insurance scheme then employees would pay in during the good times and there would be money to give out when there was a downturn. But since the Labour government had spent all the money and a lot more besides during the good times, there is nothing left to pay out now we are in the shit.

    Putting it simply, Labour are taking us as fools, have a long history of taking us as fools and are screwing us all. I’ve got no time for them or their lickspittle activists like you.

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    Anonymous says:

    Failed to get selected did we FFS ?not surprised, you sound bonkers.

  131. 131
    FFS says:

    And to be fair she needed someone to open her mail while she was in the jungle in her second job (no tax paid – she was non-domicile)

  132. 132
    Anonymous says:

    I have never known how Diane holds down a job as an MP, mind you i suppose she seems clever by Tower Hamlets standards.

  133. 133
    Anonymous says:

    Nadines daughters have done very well out of Mum being an MP !

  134. 134
    Village Idiot says:

    …..Employing family is very open to corruption and cover up,whereas a person who is not family could expose wrongdoing more easily!!!! As ever,unfair as it may be,employing your wife,spouse or any close relative looks wrong in government……

  135. 135
    FFS says:

    He doesn’t stand shoulder to shoulder with anyone. He just mouth the words he needs to to get himself noticed now and then so his supporters keep on voting for him. It’s all about keeping himself on the same gravy train. He doesn’t need to work too hard because the people that vote for him are mostly morons. He doesn’t give a flying f**k about anybody else. He has a vested interest in keeping his supporters in the gutter and yet somehow they never catch on that life never gets any better for them no matter how long Labour are in power.

    Time has shown that the more lefty they are, the more in it for themselves they become.

  136. 136
    Anonymous says:

    I must admit i agree with him, what are they spending their benefits on if they need a food bank ? I dont think its an unreasonable question.

  137. 137
    FFS says:

    Personally I’d like them all put in centre court at Wimbledon while the populace comes along and urinates on them. It could be shown on line TV.

  138. 138
    FFS says:

    Time to open ciggy banks I guess. If charities were giving ciggies away for free it would be quite tax efficient.

  139. 139
    Village Idiot says:

    ….It’s not the cost so much as the way that it looks and may be an abuse of office!!

  140. 140
    Anonymous says:

    Talking about employing children,i see Euan Blair is getting married on saturday, the Bride is the stepdaughter of Sian Lloyd.In the DM Sian says she hasnt been invited, which sounds very small minded.The Brides parents divorced 13 years ago and Sian only arrived on the scene 6 years ago ! Mum in Law from Hell alert !!

  141. 141
    Jimmy says:

    I find myself in the disturbing position of agreeing with a Guido post. I must have missed something.

  142. 142
    Which Trough do you Require says:

    It was put out that they would be banned, but then the proposed ban was quietly lifted a few months later

  143. 143

    Labour were often referred to as the Looney Left,hinting at Communism by Tories.The Tory Party are referred to as the Nasty Party by us the General Public,why – because they have no consideration for anyone except their Money Making Cohorts.They are Thieving from the Public Purse to Line their own pockets.Their Lies & Deceit hold no bounds.They have Isolated the Working Class ,Finance runs this Country we are no more than an International Money Laundering outfit for the Benefit of the Corrupt Money Moguls that back Privatisation.Privatisation deprives the ‘working class’ of any revenue for social cohesion.They massage the Unemployment figures for their own benefit because high unemployment doesent look competent but suits their agenda of an easily sackable work force to give Private Companies cheap Labour.Who benenefits from NHS sell off.Andrew Lansley: Architect of the Health and Social Care bill – John Nash, the chairman of Care UK, gave £21,000 to fund Andrew Lansley’s personal office in November 2009.David Cameron: Nursing and care home tycoon Dolar Popat has given the Conservatives £209,000.Hedge fund boss John Nash is one of the major Conservative donors with close ties to the healthcare industry.He and wife Caroline gave £203,500 to the party over the past five years.The “hedgie” is also a founder of City firm Sovereign Capital, which runs a string of private healthcare firms. Fellow founder Ryan Robson is another major Tory donor who has given the party £252,429.45.His donations included £50,000 to be a member of the party’s.Leafers Group a secretive cash for access culb. Harriet Baldwin: Conservative MP for West Worcestershire. Former managing director of JP Morgan Asset Management. JP Morgan are major players in healthcare. Gregory Barker: MP for Bexhill and Battle. Henry Bellingham – Conservative MP for North-West Norfolk. Jake Berry: MP for Rossendale and Darwen.Graham Brady: MP for Altrincham and Sale.Simon Burns: Chelmsford MP. Nick de Bois: MP for Enfield North.. Andrew Bridgen: MP for North West Leicestershire.Steve Brine – Mp for Winchester.Damian Collins: MP for Folkstone and Hythe. David Davies: MP for Haltemprice and Howden.And Countless more Lying Greedy BS Tories.

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    Stating the Obvious says:

    Perhaps we object because it would take the sort of probability displayed in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to produce a position where coincidentally this many relatives just happen to be the ideal person for the job. It stinks and the PAC would rightly have a field day if any Govt Department did it.

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    Calling for Bert says:

    Aye maybe so, but once safely ensconced some idiot voter in their constituency has to pop up and vote for the scumbag….otherwise they are fooked!

  146. 146
    Nigel Evans boyfriend says:

    Is it true that back scuttle nige claimed for my ky

  147. 147
    David laws lid dem fiddler says:

    I thought the leading turds were going to clean up politics. Was this too much to ask for.

  148. 148
    Anonymous says:

    Who sets the salaries? Why do some secretaries get around £50k. Something really stinks here. Come on Guido,get to the bottom of it.

  149. 149
    gerrydorrian66 says:

    I found a “manifesto” (presumably satirical) on the web called the “Littoral Conversatives’ Framework Manifesto”. It had some good ideas, though, and one of these was that the pay and expenses of a Parliament should be set as the preceding Parliament’s last act. It would at least make for some good blogs!

  150. 150
    Captn P says:

    Of course they will bring this in immediately.

    And in another five years when the scandal breaks over MP’s employing each other spouses. We will have another round of hand wringing.

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