April 7th, 2014

Barron of the Troughers’ Union Should Go Too

Labour are cautiously upping their attacks on Miller because they cannot escape the fact that it was a Labour chaired committee that watered down the Standards Commissioner’s report. Once again the Barron of the Troughers’ Union has ridden to the protection of an MP. Not only has Kevin Barron recently blocked attempts by IPSA to reform the expenses structure, his own history is hardly a shining beacon of purity. Thanks to Sir Kevin, MPs can still claim:

  • A £15 evening meal when Parliament sits after 19:30
  • Hospitality tea and biscuits
  • Hotels before 01:00
  • Taxis home before 23:00
  • Contents insurance for a second home
  • Installing a TV in a second home

He blocked IPSA’s attempts to scrap the lot last year.

Back in 2009, Guido pointed out to Barron’s face that he was not fit to lead the Standards Committee given his own tendency to overclaim:

He called Guido a very rude word after the TV ding-dong but did nothing to change his ways. After selling his taxpayer funded home for for a £500,000 profit, Barron began charging the taxpayer £1,500-a-month to rent a three-bedroom London home (also called “contriving a tenancy” by benefit fraud investigators)  owned by shadow cabinet office minister Jon Trickett. Last week Trickett was trying to clamp down on MPs’ outside earnings, but presumably not income channelled from public money.

To top it all off, Barron also employs his wife Andrea part time in his office. Which is nice little £15,000 boost for the family income.

You can see why Barron did not go public during the threats from Miller and her lawyers – the MP who marks other MPs’ homework is a trougher of the highest order. Labour are struggling with this story because they were in cahoots to undermine Kathryn Hudson. Barron could have blown the whistle at any time during the last year. Guido would never suggest the gong that Sir Kev got during the negotiations had anything to do with his unwillingness to rock the boat.


  1. 1
    Vlad the G(r)8 says:

    John Humphrys read it as ‘anthropod’, which is much better.

  2. 2
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    They’re all in it together.

  3. 3
    Garfield says:

    Barron is so bent he should be in the Met.

  4. 4
    Ed (Too Fat must Fast for Flat Waistline) Balls says:

    ‘Sir Kev’ ?!!
    How do these troughers and parasitic worms have the ability to be knighted for doing such a shit job of anything they touch FFS!

  5. 5
    C.O.Jones says:

    Amazing how they seem to be able to get bills up to the expenses allowance. If the allowance was raised more bills would flood in to take up any slack.

    I wish I had had pocket money like that as a child, I would have spent to the limit every time. But that is what happens when the money comes from a money tree.

  6. 6
    Mrs. Ball-Scooper, TRIPLE FLIPPER says:

    This is shocking !

  7. 7
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP, Climate Change Chieftain says:

  8. 8
    C.O.Jones says:

    Some people juggle with balls, others with houses. One makes a profit, the other does not.

  9. 9
    Maria Miller says:

    So nice to see Iain Duncan Snith on my side, litke his new reforms on welfare.

    We must clamp down on scroungers.

  10. 10
    Chocks away. says:

    Time to shoot down the Red Barron.

  11. 11
    Increasingly pissed-off taxpayer says:

    Where the fuck are you this morning Dave?


    Start by sacking that bitch Miller TODAY.

  12. 12
    Hugh Janus says:

    They are all in the shit, only the depth varies.

  13. 13
    Fucking dis custard says:

    Baron Hardup is in a panto?

  14. 14
    Dodgy D. Laws says:

    Is he a Liberal Democrat ?

  15. 15
    Ah! ha says:

    Clever chap. Looks like we need a wizard hunt.

  16. 16
    Increasingly pissed-off taxpayer says:

    Only some of the Met are bent, whereas virtually all of the 650 M.P.s are.

  17. 17
    Mitch says:

    Olly Grender is like the lady who serves in my local bread shop, but not as clever.

  18. 18
    Citizen says:

    Is it time for the Great British Public to start arresting these criminals? Apparently The Police will not.

  19. 19
    Michael Gove says:

    My prediction for what it’s worth is that “The Dunce of Downing Street” will throw Miller overboard soon despite publicly backing her. A weak PM lacking principles.

  20. 20
    PCR says:

    I cannot think of one thing in the entire areas of foreign and domestic policy that the UK government has told the truth about in the 21st century. Just as Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction, Iran has no nukes, Assad did not use chemical weapons, and Putin did not invade and annex Crimea, the jobs numbers are fraudulent, the unemployment rate is deceptive, the inflation measures are understated, and the GDP growth rate is overstated.

    The British public live in a matrix of total lies.

  21. 21
    Dirtbox Dave - queen of the homos says:

    I made my position absolutely clear last week and I have a well deserved reputation for consistency and integrity.

    So let’s just leave it there shall we?

  22. 22
    Round the Bend says:

    I need to remind readers – who setup this shit system, McMental. So there is no need for further explanation.

  23. 23
    Dirtbox Dave - queen of the homos says:

    I made my position absolutely clear last week and I have a well deserved reputation for consistency and integrity.

    So let’s just leave it there shall we?

  24. 24
    Dirtbox Dave - queen of the homos says:

    I made my position absolutely clear last week and I have a well deserved reputation for consistency and integrity.

    So let’s just leave it there shall we?

  25. 25
    Democracy Now says:

    Yet another reason to abolish the House of Lords.

  26. 26
    Reality Cheque says:

    Yes should take five minutes. But stop looking for half pennies. We aren’t going to vote for these people and we are losing billions in foreign aid, it’s leading nowhere and we get no business from it.

    Then the cost of the NHS on ill immigrants. Or even worse immigrant doctors over specifying drugs as a side line rip off with the manufacturers.

    Then the EU.

    Stick with the big picture.

  27. 27
    MB. says:

    A £15 evening meal when Parliament sits after 19:30
    Hospitality tea and biscuits
    Hotels before 01:00
    Taxis home before 23:00
    Contents insurance for a second home
    Installing a TV in a second home

    Those sound fairly standard allowances for people working away from their normal home or just working late. I would not be surprised if most of the press make similar claims.

  28. 28
    Labour are the nasty party. says:

    The Labour party are the biggest hypocrites ever ,Their MP,s have had their snouts
    in the trough up to their necks . Remember all the house flipping and troughing that Balls/Cooper did a while back ,not to mention all those thieving bastards
    that went to prison .

  29. 29
    Peed off Non Trougher says:

    The Police are too busy manning camera vans slamming extortionate speeding fines on the hard working British public. £100 for doing 34mph in a 30? This woman can get away with this criminal act, yet not paying a out of proportion speeding fine one is given a criminal record…..

  30. 30
    Let's start by leaving the EU says:

    Trouble is. You are right and it’s so depressing.

  31. 31
    You couldn't make it up says:

    Nick Clegg has announced the start of the triennial review of Maria Miller’s position as Culture Secretary.

  32. 32
    Labour are the nasty party. says:

    No ,Labour which is the same thing .Treacherous backstabbing scum.

  33. 33
    Spit or swallow? says:

    Not much of a reward for sucking Ashdown’s cock for all those years.

  34. 34
    Mitch says:

    Not really. Some teachers are incompetent, so would you abolish schools?

  35. 35
    Esther Mc Vettel says:

    Gissus a (proper) job, David, love.

  36. 36

    They are not away from home – we pay for their second home remember. Woudl they not have to eat regardless?

  37. 37
    Mr Gullible says:

    I’m confused – shouldn’t we celebrate the diversity?

  38. 38
    Esther Mc Vettel says:

    Looking more like an office manager who has lost his mojo than a PM.

  39. 39
  40. 40
    Labour are the nasty party. says:

    She was cleared by the Parliamentary Committee ,unlike the Labour troughers
    who were convicted and sent to prison.

  41. 41
  42. 42
    Town Crier says:

    Oh Yay, Oh Yay Oh Yay The public have spoken Re Maria Miller,

  43. 43
    The Great Royal Mail robbery says:

    “Vince Cable to be recalled to give further evidence on Royal Mail sale”

  44. 44
    Democracy Now says:


  45. 45
    Esther Mc Vettel says:

    And deceit.

    Exhibit One: you will never hear the twats referring to RPI anymore, their liar CPI is preferred…..but eg dental charges always go up with the RPI rate.

  46. 46
    The Great Royal Mail robbery says:

    Let’s also find out how Osborne’s best man made £20million on the Royal Mail sale.

  47. 47
    Di Rear says:

    Cameron stood on Dawlish Railway Station last week, and told the BBC that Maria Miller had made MISTAKES.

    Are these exactly the same MISTAKES, that all the other troughers, amongst the dishonourable members have made, when they get found out?

    We all know they are not MISTAKES they are DELIBERATE ACTS.

  48. 48
    Vince Cable says:

    I don’t remember the Royal Mail

  49. 49
    Village Idiot says:

    ….I think the whole “Press” should re-visit the expenses business as an act of public service….The people need our press to get stuck in and to expose the depths the political elite have sunk to,by them governing for themselves instead of for the plebs,i mean people!…..Please “Press”,get investigating without fear,ignore threats,the public are on your side on this!
    …..Investigate the EU as well,and what happens to the money!

  50. 50
    IS DSnith from another planet says:

    The few big decisions Snith ever takes all ends in failure. Tory leadership, echos, IRAQ whispers, DWP is a kicking to those who are vulnerablee.

  51. 51
    David Cameron says:

    It all fine plebs. I’ll just keep you lot paying ludicrous tax rates and me and my mates can keep on raking it in. Now get back to work…..

  52. 52
    Judge Dreadful says:

    She’s guilty, guilty, guilty.

  53. 53
    Blitzed Out Dave says:

    It seems to be dying down now, perhaps I should come out…oh..I mean …regenerate the UK.

    Carry on Maria, the gays need you.

    What is really needed, is some big disaster requiring forthright leadership and strength, what what.

  54. 54
    C.O.Jones says:

    Poor woman is being policed by the criminals, they have selected one of their own to be a sacrificial lamb for the rest of them.

  55. 55
    Democracy Now says:

    As it happens, yes. A school full of incompetent teachers should be shut down and replaced with an educational establishment that works, using different people. Or do you think that incompetence is a lifelong calling?

    I thinkthe Lords should be abolished. It doesn’t work for our country. Get rid of it and put something else, more democratic in its place.

  56. 56
    Norman Normal says:

    Who uses the Royal Mail? If it wasn’t for birthday and Christmas cards they wouldn’t play a part in my life at all. Everything that can goes by email. Parcels go by courier. It’s not surprising the share price was low, it’s a business in decline and is impossible to value accurately.

  57. 57
    they're all a bunch of bastards says:

    It’s now nearly 20 years since the cash-for questions affair.
    Instead of prompting Wesminster to properly clean up it’s act,
    we’re still enduring an endless list of troughing and corruption.
    Is it any wonder that the public are thoroughly disillusioned
    with MP’s who seem to lack any sense of honesty or decency.

  58. 58
    Droids and drones live among us says:

    Have a look at a picture of Rudolf Hess and then one of the mad looking Ed Davey, the mad staring eyes are a dead give away.

    Is Davey a genetic experiment using geneitc material from Hess to produce a programmable establishment drone?

    I think we should be told.

  59. 59
    Cameron says:

    I’ve got my fingers in my ears and I can’t hear you.

  60. 60
    geordieboy says:

    Maria will be de-selected before the next election , with a bit of luck.

  61. 61
    it's a total set-up says:

    During the last expenses scandal it was revealed that some
    MP’s were claiming hundreds every month for all their groceries.

  62. 62
    that's not good enough says:

    She should be sacked today and interviewed by the police.

  63. 63
    Scummy scummmers says:

    37 in a 30 last week.
    Fuck the PSNI.

  64. 64
    Peed off Non Trougher says:

    The b’tard also promised to end the war on the motorist, yet more speed cameras, bigger fines and now council spy cars…..

  65. 65
    dave's not good enough says:


  66. 66
    Joe Public II says:

    Too right — and the Avon and Somerset Farce.

  67. 67
    Jolly nice chap says:

    I presume he’s gay as well? In which cae he’s protected and can do anything he likes, and if we complain we are homophobic.

  68. 68
    i agree says:

    Great idea.
    Perhaps the press could revisit the story every
    six months and examine exactly how MP’s and
    standards committees have cleaned up their act?

  69. 69
    PAYE office prole says:

    £400 per month tax-free for groceries, no questions.
    This is in addition to the heavily subsidised bar and restaurant plus the meal expenses mentioned.

    We spend well under £400pm for a family of three. Perhaps £200.

  70. 70
    PAYE office prole says:

    Complex royal mail rules to match the crappy European models.

  71. 71
    Peter says:

    He also employs his Sister-in-Law

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  74. 74
    Anonymous says:

    Rent swapper, expenses fan Sir Kevin not only employs his wife, he has also employed his sister in law ( from his first marriage) in his office in Rotherham for thirty years. His daughter is troughing away on a Rotherham council salary of nearly £30,000 and yes his brother is also living off the tax payer also troughing at the table of Rotherham Labour council. Kevin’s favourite past time is taking ‘working holidays’ at SIGMA Pharmaceutical conferences in Phuket and Cancun to name two! He even gets to take his secretary…I mean his wife! He apparently rakes in thousands per year ‘advising’ pharma companies! Cameron said Lobbying will be the next big scandal!

  75. 75
    Peter says:

    When you watch to exchange between Guido & Barron, Barron makes it sound like he has been frustrated by the not being able to deal properly with these fiddling MPs when in fact he voted on every occasion in Parliament not to publish details of MPs expenses. What an hypocrite.

  76. 76
    The left is a disease says:

    You’ll have trouble shifting Kevin Barron, former ally of Scargill, from the trough. Like his old mucker, he’ll fight like an alley cat to protect his interests. The working class can kiss my arse ect ect …

  77. 77
    Nanny Big Fee says:

    He said there would be a bonfire of the quangoes and an end to the nanny state too, but fortunately for my bank balance he was lying.

  78. 78
    Corby says:

    Yes, leave the EIU and do not forget to clamp down on peers’ perks as well as MPs.

    Because of my job I had to have two homes. Nobody helped me and the second was subject to capital gains tax.

    When I worked late, which was usual, I had to pay for my own evening meal. All my friends and acquaintances had the same deal.

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