April 3rd, 2014

It’s Miller Time – But Look Over There at Hunt

The Standards Committee report into Maria Miller is out at 11am, with the Culture Secretary expected to be ordered to repay £5,000 of the £90,000 she claimed in mortgage payments for a second home lived in by her parents. Labour minister Tony McNulty resigned in 2009 over a similar arrangement and Miller has so far offered no explanation for why she suddenly stopped claiming when the MPs expenses scandal broke. If it was legit at the time why stop?

Oh and she is briefing that she simply ‘forgot’ to change the morgage claims when there was a change in rates. Whoopsy daisy.

It’s the cover-up that makes this the real issue: Miller used her role in charge of press regulation to threaten journalists reporting the story. If as a Secretary of State she is also found to have failed to cooperate with the inquiry into her expenses, how does that not cross the line? And how clever to put out the Plain Packaging statement at the same time as the report.

See also: Maria Miller Sells Second Home for £1 Million Profit, Maria Miller Makes Six Figure Profit on Second Home, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, £90,000 Question for Maria Miller.

UPDATE:

What time was the decision made to rush out the plain packaging announcement to coincide with the Maria Miller report, and why?


79 Comments

  1. 1
    ancientpopeye says:

    Cameron has full confidence in her.
    A death sentence if ever I heard one.

  2. 2
    wrthomson says:

    Ditch the bitch! Go one Dave, you know you want to!

  3. 3
    Hazel Blurs says:

    Just wave a cheque dear. I did.
    Don’t even have to give it to anyone. Just wave it and say sorry and go low profile for 6 months.

  4. 4
    Time 2 CTRL, ALT & DEL says:

    leave her alone.
    She was working so hard on SSM. Thats the policy that will be this governments lasting policy and the countrys undoing.
    She will be fine.

  5. 5
    Legal Beagle says:

    “I forgot”

    “I can’t remember”

    The old Mafia/Murdoch defence

  6. 6
    Andrew Efiong says:

    If these people can’t get an expense claim right, how can they ever hope to tackle the deficit?

  7. 7
    Poodle Dave says:

    I love being surrounded by crooks, liars and fiddlers

    Andy, Rebekah, Charlie, Maria, Toni and all the others

    I am a disgrace to my Office

  8. 8
    Express Yourself with Crayons says:

  9. 9
    Thief says:

    No one forgets their mortgage arrangements.
    A resignation is necessary.
    Cameron must see the tide of public opinion is no longer being dictated by the media and the Westminster clique. Public opinion disapproves of con artists trousering it’s money.

  10. 10
    The Pimp Blair says:

    Keep cool and carry on

    Crime pays

    Just look at me…

  11. 11
    C'abinet S' ecretary says:

    I agree

  12. 12
    An ordinary person says:

    I forgot all about my mortgage arrangements, why am I now homeless?

  13. 13
    A Fat Slag who had to fuck in Portsmouth says:

    Leave her alone – easy to make mistakes and forget things -

  14. 14
    The Old Codger says:

    She has the curse of Dave, he has given her his full backing

  15. 15
    Observer says:

    Why does Michael Gove seem to be a wrong-un?

  16. 16
    Oink says:

    Does she make a thirty second apology to her fellow toughing pigs in the Commons…followed by business as usual and a healthy bank balance?

  17. 17
    Margaret Moran says:

    All she has to do is cry her eyes out, say she’s depressed and they’ll let her off. Worked for me!

  18. 18
    The Old Codger says:

    Dave’s given her his full backing, you know what that means

  19. 19
    UberGrunterschmartenWasserPlugenPuller J. Smit – elbowing her way to the front of the crowd says:

    Let me speak!!! I will be heard!!!

    I want to thank the punters for my lovely bathplug – it’s getting just how I like it with the ridges in just the right places so I can grip it tightly.

    Glug Glug!!!

  20. 20
    The putrid Air to B_lair says:

    Yes!!!

  21. 21
    bergen says:

    She simply cannot stay a minister. Her dismissal/resignation is non-negotiable if we are to accept that things have changed for the better since the expenses scandal.

    If she’s still there then the other parties should use her as a “poster girl” at the next election.

  22. 22
    Lord Owen Jones of The Cottage says:

    Guido,did you have tea or coffee? Not that anyone gives a shit frankly.

  23. 23
    Nick and the other bleeding hearts says:

    No worries if you’re a Muzzo or a pikey – we’ll soon have you in a luxurious pad – and pay you too!

  24. 24
    Jack Dromey, Teamster says:

    It worked for me

  25. 25
    Anonymous says:

    “Miller used her role in charge of press regulation to threaten journalists reporting the story.”
    If confirmed, isn’t now the time to lean more heavily on the BBC? As Co-op Gate, the story behind a mutual banking organisation being strong-armed into a financial gamble the FSA had sort to block, seems about to break. Not green-screening the uprisings in Greece and Spain, as backdrop to the Clegg-Farage debate, might not prove sufficiently subservient for some.

  26. 26
    Ask.com says:

    How do you solve a problem like Maria ?…………Answer: Suspend her from the party and ask the Fraud Squad to make a full investigation into this matter. If evidence of fraud comes to light ( as is likely) then report to CPS who should instigate court proceedings. If convicted a term of imprisonment.

  27. 27
    Duchess of Knightsbridge says:

    Coffee, tea or me?

  28. 28
    Nick Clegg says:

    This EU Air force does not exist and never will exist, it is a fantasy. Trust me I am a Lib Dem

  29. 29
    Len, counting to ten says:

    And stick your neck out when you do it like a demented hen, in yer face like, like some fifties northern housewife.

  30. 30
    Troughers Utd., says:

    “She simply cannot stay a minister.”

    Ho yes she can!

  31. 31
    Feminists are thick cunts says:

    As Isabel Oakshott said, Miller is a woman and it’s only 5k so it’s not fair to target her.

  32. 32
    Iain Duncan Smith says:

    Cameron is aiding and abetting a thief. It will be remembered come election time next year. Not only should Miller be handed over to the police for investigation and prosecution, but her worthless Ministry, DCMS should be abolished in its entirety to save Taxpayers’ money.

  33. 33
    A. Cottager says:

    Either sounds good to me

  34. 34
    Dirty Digger Junior says:

    Is that you, Kay?

  35. 35
    Squeaker Bercow says:

    The Palace of Westminster is effectively an open prison where the crooks come and go as they see fit.

  36. 36
    Feminists are thick cunts says:

    Remember feminists think women don’t commit crime and if they do it’s always the fault of men.

    Female teacher sleeps with young boy and it’s his fault, she doesn’t got to jail or go on sex offenders list. Male teacher does the same thing and he’s a peedow.

  37. 37
    UKIP or bust says:

    These politrictions are so honest, really.

    Just look at the example their bosses in the EU set, here’s herr Shultz’ latest.

    http://euobserver.com/institutional/123732

  38. 38
    Len, counting to ten says:

    Right Milliband, let’s have it. The new manifesto TODAY.

  39. 39
    A little person subject to the law says:

    Her wilfull refusal to cooperate with the inquiry de rails any defence of ‘I just forgot’ does it not. Not that I believed the troughing bitch anyway.

  40. 40
    Maria says:

    Quite right, Hazel. You and I are shining examples of the sisterhood in power — just as we always said, appoint wimmin instead of those ghastly male things, and all our problems will dissolve in thin air.

  41. 41
    Government press office the day after that debate says:

    A good day to instigate some other bad news

  42. 42
    WSC says:

    Some chicken, some neck…

  43. 43
    Trashbin Alibaba Clown says:

    I want to take issue with BBC news presenters wishing Nigel Farage a happy birthday!!! It’s wrong! This is precisely why I want the media to be controlled!!!

  44. 44
    Vasilicki Hooon says:

    I am a woman too and I got well stitched.

  45. 45
    Nigel Clarkson, with leg over birdie says:

    All our cash will disappear, you mean

  46. 46
    All aboaed the BBC Jolly Boat. Next Stop Brazil says:

    BBC taking 272 staff to World Cup in Brazil – which is the equivalent of 25 football teams

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2595844/BBC-taking-272-staff-World-Cup-Brazil-equivalent-25-football-teams-DOUBLE-ITV-workers.html

  47. 47
    gideon flyblown says:

    as chancellor of the chubbychequer i am fully confident that ms magdelene’s only motivation was to pay as much higher rate income tax as posssible

  48. 48
    dai doggedly says:

    it ain’t legal with a beagle

  49. 49
    So - nothing says:

    “We have already recommended that Mrs Miller repay the £5,800 which she has identified as an overclaim. She should also apologiseby personal statement on the floor of the House for her attitude to the Commissioner’s inquiries”

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmstandards/1179/117903.htm#a15

  50. 50
    The EUSSR says:

    The EUSSR also gives her our full support – providing she votes for all we ask.

  51. 51
    matron says:

    Right Alibi, it’s eleven and time for your meds. Why don’t you book your holiday for the summer in Uganda and see how those gay boys are doing, perhaps you could arrange some more asylum to the UK for them before Nigel gains control.

  52. 52
    Mexican drug baron says:

    Plus 50 rentboys and 50 kilos of koke

    We must keep them erect and tooting

  53. 53
    dai doggedly says:

    the world seems to have passed ms alibaba by (sic) in this interview

    remarkably out of touch – perhaps its just age?

  54. 54
    mandi says:

    Don’t forget the one million heavy duty inner tubes for the fun times with the boys.

  55. 55
    Leon Brittan says:

    Yummy!

  56. 56
    They Think it's all over. says:

    I though that these days the live match filming was done by companies contracted to the event and the TV stations merely did their commentators voice overs.

  57. 57
    dalek & co, bankers says:

    privatise….privatise…. privatise…..

  58. 58
    mandi says:

    The following boxes are ticked by M/s Ali,

    Dazed and confused
    Bleck
    Mozzie
    Female
    Ugandan Indian
    Immy
    Conceited
    Expectant

    So everything which we stood for, alas the times are changing. Wibble.

  59. 59
    Tessa Jowell says:

    Mortgages are so complicated for us girls to understand.

  60. 60
    Disabled one says:

    A couple of questions.
    Were the claims were for a second home? And was it the main or second home at the time of sale?

  61. 61
    Fred the pensioner says:

    The Chinese manage to sort this sort of thing out from start to finish in less that 36 hours. But then, they don’t have to arrange a costly bye-election…

  62. 62
    Fred the pensioner says:

    As somebody said a few days ago, surely her bank manager can now be charged with received stolen property or involvement with blatant theft and money laundering.

  63. 63
    Fred the pensioner says:

    Hammer right on nail head there, pal.

  64. 64
    Fred the pensioner says:

    Maybe, but WE are the ones who seemed to be being charged for all this criminality.

  65. 65
    Fred the pensioner says:

    Your forgot fugly, selfish, grasping, thick and unwanted on this voyage.

  66. 66
    Fred the pensioner says:

    Seems like a bit of a waste of money for just 2 matches.

  67. 67
    Mrs Murdoch (ex) says:

    McNulty did indeed go. Since then, MP’s have lost any slight appetite they may have had for being accountable for their frauds. If a crook like Laws can survive, so can Miller.

  68. 68
    Rob says:

    We have Laws, they have ‘rules’.

  69. 69
    David Laws says:

    > “We have Laws”

    You should be so lucky, ducky.

  70. 70
    broderick crawford says:

    So:

    she clained 90 grand and is fined 5 grand ?!!

    who says crime does nt pay ?!

    Oh and what about the capital gain from 300 k odd to about a milion ? — that s 700 k at 30 odd percent please… or us she still claiming it us her parents house !!

    I note the apology to the House today was earsplitting in its brevity !!

  71. 71
    broderick crawford says:

    Kim Jong Eun in Pyonyang is even quicker .

    From show trial to his uncle and relatives being devoured by 120 rabid starved dogs in a football stadium .

    All in the space of 24hours

  72. 72
    broderick crawford says:

    Well the Europeans have got form on this .
    Remember the impressive Italian army tank reserves photographed by reconsissance from the air at Taranto in the early 1940 s.

    All made of oainted cardboard apparently .

  73. 73
    broderick crawford says:

    Give her over to Mickey Gove dave … you know HE wants to .

  74. 74
    broderick crawford says:

    And so it was nt till later
    As Ms Miller told her tale
    That her face at first jusy ghAstly
    Turned a whiter
    Shade of Pale .

    ( with apologies to Procol Harum )

  75. 75
    broderick crawford says:

    Vince ” cable” the sterling/dollar exchange rate says

    Oi!! Loss of memory’s my line !!

  76. 76
    Jack Straw Council Tax fraudster says:

    Arithmetic was never my strong point

  77. 77
    broderick crawford says:

    THE LANDING EAGLES SAY

    Hear Hear !!

  78. 78
    broderick crawford says:

    Did nt your hubby used to claim naughty videos on your exes?

  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    What we need is for someone with bags of money to mount a private prosecution against her (and Laws) and see where that goes. In theory the CPS could take over the prosecution then stop it, but I doubt it would dare.

    In the meantime perhaps we should all bombard her MP’s e-mail address saying exactly what we think of her (just one from each of us – two is the threshold for “harrassment”).


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