April 3rd, 2014

Miller Slammed for Blocking Investigation
No “It Was Within the Rules Defence”

Maria Miller does not even have the “it was all within the rules defence”. Apparently she has been “cleared”, but the report is actually damning:

“The documentation that is available of Mrs Miller’s interactions with the House tends to show a pattern in which officials would press her for information and the information that was provided appears to have been the minimum necessary. This pattern was repeated in both the Commissioner’s inquiry, and our own investigation.”

“As we have set out, Mrs Miller has also breached the current Code of Conduct by her attitude to this inquiry. That is more serious. The system relies on Members responding to the Commissioner’s inquiries fully and frankly, rather than trying to argue a case in a legalistic way. It should not have required our intervention to produce the material and explanations required to complete the investigation.”

The committee also raised serious concerns about the lack of paperwork relating to Miller’s mortage payments. Whatever could have happened to that?

It can also be revealed that Miller tried to get her lawyers to challenge the investigation over “a difference of opinion”: “Mrs Miller submitted an independent legal opinion giving a view of the scope of the original complaint and of the investigation itself.”

She is also heavily criticised for not playing by Commons rules:

“We are concerned that Mrs Miller did not pay as close attention to the rules of the House as she should have done. As we have seen, after her election she increased the facility on her mortgage on at least two occasions without consulting the House, despite the fact that in both the 2005 and 2006 Green Book the advice given to those who wished to change their mortgage was: “Please consult us in advance. There are strict rules on the costs that can be claimed, and you may need to change the nomination of your main home”. While Mrs Miller has consistently told us that she never intended to claim the interest on the £50,000 mortgage increase revealed by the Commissioner’s initial investigation, there is no documentation as to how she apportioned her claims, and towards the end of the period in some months she not only claimed for the entire mortgage interest charged, but appears to have claimed slightly more than that interest”

If she can’t play by Commons rules and tried to block the investigation, how exactly is she fit for high office?


70 Comments

  1. 1
    As the Brazilian rentboy said to the MP says:

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    • 25
      sphincter muscle on holiday says:

      Enough to make you wish Mary Whitehouse was still around, nearly.

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      • 39
        David Laws Lib Dem Fiddler says:

        Cameron gives her his support. This is the same Cameron who instigated the Star Chamber and made all sorts of promises to impose standards, this is who I am what i believe in etc. All tripe as usual. WHen he is expected to give some leadership is is always absent.

        At least David Laws has a new member to his club in the cabinet. We are all in it together-troughing that is.

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    • 29
      BBC Pete says:

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      • 45
        David Laws Lib Dem Fiddler says:

        I seem to remember Cameron sacked a Lord for inappropriate remarks, this is beyond that. So why has he not sacked her?

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        • 51
          Podiceps says:

          Because she has the qualities typical of those in high office. Look at the buggers.

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        • 53
          Hugh Janus says:

          Because he is utterly spineless and hasn’t a clue as to how this is seen by ordinary people. That’s why.

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        • 59
          Maximus says:

          Booker has revealed that it was our Minister of Fun Fun Fun who picked up the gay marriage agenda and ran with it. Spoonface seems to have enjoyed that – whether the ‘initiative’ shown, or the added ‘gaity of the nation’, I don’t know – enough to now be looking the other way.

          Interesting that the trolling at #1 is consistent with such ‘gaity of the nation’.

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      • 69
        Tom Catesby. says:

        What did the report cost to produce?

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  2. 2
    Feel enriched yet? says:

    Teen arrested over disappearance of terror suspect who fled London mosque while dressed in a burka, police say

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  3. 3
    Rum and Coke says:

    Ha – one rule for them eh?

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    • 40
      Jacqui Smith says:

      tough it out girl – I got 120,000 and a couple of sinecures when that nice mrs lumley took my job as mp.

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  4. 5
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    One and one make twelve. Right ?

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  5. 6
    Winston says:

    The trick of ‘stealth’ planes is that they don’t get picked up on radar – before you know it bombs are falling and you’ve had no chance to prepare for it. And so with what became known as ‘stealth taxes’ under Gordon Brown, who was famous for announcing tax cuts whilst slipping in tax rises which no-one noticed. Sadly, this trend has not stopped.

    Did you notice the increase in the car vehicle tax you’ll be paying? No, not the increase in the actual rates, we know they seem to go up every year anyway but the extra increase slipped in following the scrapping of ‘paper’ car tax discs. Under the existing paper disc system if you sold a car, the new owner could carry on using the paper disc you had on the car but under the new system you can’t. If you buy a second hand car you must pay for the tax yourself from the first day of the month in which you acquire the car. The seller can reclaim the balance of the tax that they paid but (and here’s the catch) they will only be refunded whole months that are left on the tax. So if you sell a car on 1st of the month you will lose that month’s refund while the person buying the car will also have to pay tax for the whole of that month.

    Will it make much difference? It’s been estimated that around 7,000,000 used cars are sold each year. With an average £200 a year car vehicle tax and an average of two weeks tax refund lost (assuming cars are sold evenly throughout each month) then it all adds up to around a staggering £48,000,000 a year extra tax. A DVLA spokesman did not dispute the figures but instead pointed out that they (the DVLA) don’t keep the money, it all gets passed to the Government. Makes you wonder what other stealth taxes are flying past right now, undetected.

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  6. 8
    Morgan's Organ says:

    Cameron can’t condone this she must be sacked and even then she would have got off ridiculously lighttly.

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      Peter Martin says:

      “If she can’t play by Commons rules and tried to block the investigation, how exactly is she fit for high office?”
      —-

      This could be asked of many in Westminster still and now, but she is the one spotlighted and clearly not.

      The ‘one rule for them..’ trend is a short route to the anarchy clearly unfolding.

      On a purely professional basis, how can she be seen as anything but hopelessly compromised in any dealings with any entities under her remit?

      As that seems to include a large chunk of the broadcast estate currently under intense review for its own questionable activities, getting someone competent and clean in asap would seem a priority.

      Or Dave can keep obsessing about irrelevancies to try and win over those who will never love him, while the rest of the country seeks actual leadership as Wallace gurns for more selfies and Nick finds no one agrees with him on anything he may avoid saying or doing.

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  7. 9
    still walking into darkness says:

    Fit for the office, not a chance, fit for jail, absolutely, this is full on fraud.

    There’s a never ending list of the political establishment showing their complete lack of credibility. Yesterday there was that awful labour hag Thornberry, to give her the benefit of the doubt she could say she’s just thick. Then there was the joy of Clegg making himself look a tosser and now we have Miller. Probably be another one by the end of the day.

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  8. 10
    Rocking horse waste says:

    Take her down…..

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  9. 11
    Joss Taskin says:

    Can’t she use the Hazel Blears defence and wave a refund cheque to the cameras ?

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  10. 14
    Garfield says:

    Come on Guido its nearly 11.30 and no UKIP smear, buck up young man.

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  11. 15
    Rumpy says:

    Anyone who thinks this woman is guilty of anything is a sexist and a racist.

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  12. 16
    Barry Scott says:

    Miller, like so many others in Westminster, are blatantly not fit for high office.

    Hilarious.

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  13. 18
    Anonymous says:

    “If she can’t play by Commons rules and tried to block the investigation, how exactly is she fit for high office?”
    It could possibly be an EU thing. No information, no accounts/accountability, no pack-(and move out)-drill.

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  14. 19
    Silent Majority says:

    Enough is enough. No expenses or allowances. House MPs in a dormitories and feed them in a standard canteen instead of their plush bars and restaurants.

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  15. 26
    Gordon Brown says:

    Good job I always spent money within the law – not my own of course, but that’s what voters wanted.

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  16. 28
    Cillit Bang! says:

    Oink Oink, Miller!

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  17. 29
    Putin says:

    Imagine some poor bastard has to wake up next to that tub of lard every morning.

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  18. 34
    Ex-Labour says:

    Unfit.

    Should be sacked and prosecuted, but won’t be.

    Vote UKIP.

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  19. 35
    Mutton dressed as Lamb says:

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  20. 36
    Maria Miller says:

    All this talk about me being difficult is not the case, and I am happy to tell you the proper story Guido.

    I duly enclose a binding NDA and a Deed Of Covenant for your inspection and signature.

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  21. 38
    Peter Cook says:

    There are a number of totally innocent ways in which that £100,000 could have been spent: on two tickets for The Book of Mormon, a centre court seat at Wimbledon, or Mrs Miller may have decided simply to blow it all on a flutter on the Derby. That is her affair and it is not for us to pry. It will be a sad day for this country when a leading politician cannot spend her election expenses in any way she sees fit.

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    • 63
      Vlad the New Impaler says:

      I have a dacha in Sevastopol that Maria – such a nice name – may wish to buy. On expenses of course.

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  22. 42
    Ed Milliband lends his support for Maria says:

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  23. 44
    Father Analpolyp says:

    What a fine example to the people of Basingstoke of rectitude, transparency, honesty and selflessness is given by their fragrant member; she is clearly as virtuous as she is sincere.

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  24. 46
    Dan Hannan says:

    Consider just one example. Clegg made much of the fact that the EU is abolishing roaming charges for mobile phones. No more shocking bills when we upload our holiday snaps to Instagram or Tweet from Tuscany. Except that, in order to make up the shortfall, the phone companies will need to charge more than they otherwise would in their general tariffs. In other words, the EU is obliging non-travellers to subsidise travellers. Teenagers on housing estates in Sheffield will end up paying higher bills so that Cleggie can have cheaper roaming when he’s in Brussels or Spain.

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  25. 47
    Not just a pretty face says:

    They can’t keep the inner ugliness from coming out can they?

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  26. 48
    Toxic Tories for Landowning Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Traitors, Peedos, & other Wasters says:

    It is unusual to have the taxpayer effectively buy your parents a house in central London.

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  27. 49
    Toxic Tories for Landowning Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Traitors, Peedos, & other Wasters says:

    They should be forced to rent and they should only be able to get a flat with one bedroom.

    I’m tired of paying a spare room subsidy for MPs.

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  28. 50
    On the subject of dubious arseholes... says:

    Comments are good. In particular:

    ‘P!ers M’organ, epitomizes the stupidity of the left.’

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  29. 52
    David Laws says:

    I bet £10 that Camero doesn’t have the bottle to sack her.

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  30. 54
    David Laws says:

    The stink of corruption and malfeasance is overwhelming.
    If MPs can’t fill in forms correctly or understand the rules then they should bear the full force of the law.

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    • 64
      Dirtbox Dave - queen of the homos says:

      Oh no, they’re so busy you see, working so hard on your behalf, little people.

      And so poorly rewarded that they can hardly scrape together the next £250 to sodomise their favourite rent boy.

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  31. 55
    lojolondon says:

    Missing mortgage paperwork?? No problem, call the mortgage company, they will provide a copy of all payments and withdrawals ever made on that account.

    I can’t believe the writer of the report didn’t know, realise or even try that!!

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  32. 56
    DiseasedAnus BBC Cunt says:

    Good on yer girl

    Those maggots and proles are beneath you

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  33. 58
    Windy Miller says:

    What a great country – even a bimbo who looks like a cabbage patch doll can become a millionaire. No wonder the Bulgarians think the streets are paved with gold.

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  34. 60
    Fed up Joe Public & all voting UKIP ORG says:

    Yet another fiddling parasite, pimp & leech aka MP who believes its
    her given right to screw the Voters that elected her, within there bent
    rules.

    Even though her majority was 25K in 2010 election will she scrape
    in next time @ G.E. or will her Conservative Party officials put it to
    the Vote that she should NOT be allowed to stand again….???

    Basingstoke will another GE result to watch & no doubt UKIP are going
    to make very big inroads there & cause another real upset !!

    Chicken CMDD can run away all the time but he cannot hide forever
    we will have our say at the ballot box !!

    Lets hope its sooner rather than later……

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  35. 65
    guidons sphincter muscle on holiday says:

    Ah ha ha, guidon spotted on Brillo. Who ate all the pies?

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  36. 66
    Rob says:

    We have Laws, they have ‘rules’.

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  37. 67
    Anonymous says:

    WW
    Cameroons behavior. One could almost come to the conclusion that he DOES NOT WANT TO WIN THE NEXT election.

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  38. 68
    Isla says:

    I’m not sure exactly why but this website is loading very slow for
    me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end?
    I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

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