August 11th, 2014

Bercow’s £1,300 MP Funeral Bill on Expenses

Guido couldn’t help but feel the taxpayer had been short-changed when he read in today’s Sun that John Bercow claimed £1,300 on expenses to go to Paul Goggins’ funeral. A worthwhile trip perhaps, but could he not have done it cheaper? Guido decided to find out.

The Speaker charged us £45 for a car from parliament to Euston station and £67.50 for the return journey the following day. A quick browse of Guido’s Uber app (other free market-supporting smartphone-friendly cheap car travel services are also available) shows we could do the journey for a tenner each way.

Bercow did much better on his train journey. He billed £239.10 for him and two staffers to get up to Manchester, the standard fare. Though when he got to Manchester, the Speaker inexplicably blew £500 on cars across the city. Since the trip was only meant to be for a church service and then the funeral, Guido struggles to see why he spent so much on taxis. We reckon we’d have spent £50 at the absolute maximum.

Finally, Bercow put himself and his staffers up at the posh Park Inn by Radisson hotel at a cost to the taxpayer of a cool £364. There are plenty of budget hotels well situated in Manchester. Guido chose the Ibis Budget, which would have given us three rooms for £96.

Bercow total: £1,290

Guido total: £405

Every little helps…


123 Comments

  1. 1
    M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

    Why doesn’t the Speaker have a Royal coach?

  2. 2
    West Country Tory says:

    Why did he need “2 staffers”? Why should we pay for his attendance at all?

  3. 3
    Keith Robinson says:

    It’s all down to attitude & misplaced belief they are important

  4. 4
    lolwut says:

    That saving could have subsidised the MP’s bar for 8 minutes

  5. 5
    Adolph Hitler says:

    You can’t say I didn’t try.

  6. 6
    Taxpayer says:

    A funeral on expenses? Stay classy!

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    The royal coach is quite small and could not contain the speakers ego.
    Thinking about it it could also describe the relationship between the actual body of the speaker and his ego.

  8. 8
    Wot about Hot Girl Friday? says:

    Expenses for attending a funeral…who’s have thunk it?

  9. 9
    fedz says:

    The more money they have available to spend, the more things they find to spend it on!

  10. 10
    P l e b says:

    Goggins was a Labour MP.

    Why couldn’t someone from up north represent the speaker instead?

  11. 11
    SFG says:

    Surely the bigger issue is that he was able to claim any expenses for attending a funeral.

  12. 12
    Roger says:

    He had left the taxis running whilst st the service.

  13. 13
    Anonymous says:

    Guido at £405 is still worse value for money than Bercow at £1,300, though.

  14. 14
    majorfrustration says:

    This was a “allowable” jolly. Its the rules you know. Did he actually attend the funeral – anybody see him and the three staffers?

  15. 15

    He knows he has a short life span now they are catching on

  16. 16
    BBC says:

    We are the experts at first class travel to Manchester and Salford thank you Mr Fawkes.

  17. 17
    Fucked off big time says:

    It’s as though the expenses scandal never happened!

    BUSINESS AS USUAL

    Please someone tell me how he is entitled to claim expenses for attending a funeral?

  18. 18
    TJ says:

    It sits very high off the floor and he feels it would look silly having a flunky carrying a step ladder.

  19. 19
    Bercow You Rascal says:

    He is a little shit isn’t he, I miss the Scottish chap with the soft voice that let police in to MPs offices

  20. 20
    Essex Girl says:

    I wouldn’t go to a labour MP’s funeral even if you paid me like you did John Bercow

  21. 21
    Al Capone says:

    It brings a whole new meaning to pay one’s respects!

  22. 22
    Fucking dis custard says:

    Cheating cvnt

  23. 23
    Bercow You Rascal says:

    Indeed, I have to take time off work to attend funerals

  24. 24
    tabblenabble03 says:

    For a person of short stature…he sure has some chutzpah !

  25. 25
    wah wah pedal says:

    Expenses for a funeral, that tells me everything I need to know about this man.

  26. 26
    statin' the bleedin' obvious says:

    Think of them more as ego massagers…

  27. 27
    Blind_leading_the_blind says:

    Given the funeral appears to have been at 12 noon, even allowing for burial, reception, etc., surely an overnight was not required – Manchester is not that far

  28. 28
    The little people tax paying UK public says:

    Likewise

  29. 29
    Salleeeee, salleeeeeeeeee says:

    The expense “scandal” appertaining to dear piggy Martin is yesterday, we’ve moved on. Drink isn’t cheap you know.

  30. 30
    Anonymous says:

    You are of course referring to God’s chosen master race ?

  31. 31

    Can feedo please staff up at weekend, a thousand comments in one blog is too much, no doubt there will be ten blogs today. It’s not the 50s you know.

  32. 32
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    What was Sally up to while Bercow was away?

  33. 33
    Ed Balls says:

    I only claimed for a Remembrance Day wreath on expenses !

  34. 34
    Yes, I can says:

    I didn’t try.

  35. 35
    concrete pump says:

    Rimming tramps..?

  36. 36
    olden1936 says:

    Surprise! Surprise! The leader of the entitlement brigade troughing yet again!

  37. 37

    Muzz turkey shoot in I Raq coming soon. Should be done in a week. Fore!

  38. 38
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Bercow could have driven there and back himself. What a self serving piece of shit.

  39. 39
    BBC says:

    More likely, what was up Sally ?

  40. 40
    geordieboy says:

    100,000 petition signatures for the Poison Dwarf to stand down.

  41. 41
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    When are the Tories going to do something about this dispicable little runt.

  42. 42
    bergen says:

    Sadly we’re never going to be shot of him. Even if he’s given his cards next year , past speakers are given an automatic life peerage.

  43. 43
    Greedy Guido overcharges. says:

    Funerals start 11AM or later and are planned in advance. In a local parish church at the Vicars discreation. Surely Guido’s over expensive calculations would a pre-booked train ticket would be sufficient.

    About 2 and half hours to Manchester. You want to be in Manchester 2 hour before funeral formal start so 6-30 from Euston is the earliest. Well within anybody accept for disabled or sick.

    Does he not have a house in his constitentcy. Could have driven to Manchester in two hours directly to the funeral and come back.

    Car allowance allows £200

    Tax firms to airports charge £300. Do a deal £450. Could take Sally and Sasson no questions asked.

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    U can indeed understand now why most people think that all politicians are just a bunch of cvnts looking well and truly after themselves. Let’s hope they all rot in hell or worse.

  45. 45
    George Osborne says:

    We’re all in it together!

  46. 46
    Yes, I can says:

    Her neck?

  47. 47
    Maimed Codger says:

    This should have come out of his own pocket, in the days of smart phones… why two staffers, this is a serious case of milking the system… Cameron claimed he was going to cut down on Waste and then this, from someone who should set am example… again Cameron is ineffective, he really is wussy.
    I shudder to think of him representing the UK in Europe, if he is unable to control his own Party Members.. the sooner Boris, the better.

  48. 48
    Anonymous says:

    Taking the piss

  49. 49
    George Galloway says:

    My last comment, I am J*wish.If I EVER see ISIS, HAMAS or Hezbollah flags in Bradford, I WILL burn them.Would Brits allow Nazi Swastika to fly here?

  50. 50
    Wasn't us mister says:

    We get what we are forced to pay for, time the HMRC got involved, politician’s expenses should go through HMRC, everybody else’s does, within HMRC rules not rules made up because they can, even better through local taxation,pay them from the rates.

  51. 51
    Cinna says:

    2 hours 8 minutes Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston. More than enough time for a return ticket the same day.

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    My circle of close friends, thanks to Cameron and Osborne, just as they are approaching retirement too, have lost £ 7500 in pension payments by moving their retirement age to 66 instead of 65. It looks like politicians like Berrow can piss this amount away on their expenses in just a few days. I’m so glad we are all still in this together.
    You disgust me.

  53. 53
    Sally Bercow says:

    I’m fucking Angry.

  54. 54
    Cinna says:

    F’ck off Abdul.

  55. 55
    Taxpayer says:

    Tax laws don’t necessarily apply to MP’s. They made sure of that.

  56. 56
    Sir Bart Young George says:

    I wonder how much Bercow’s colleagues would pay to see him put six feet under… well, three feet under anyway…..?

  57. 57
    Sir Bart Young George says:

    Well, you’re certainly fucking one of the dwarves.

  58. 58
    Sir Bart Young George says:

    Come on, be fair. He couldn’t see over the steering wheel.

  59. 59
    Anon but Voting UKIP @ 2015 GE...... says:

    When are long suffering electors of Buckingham going to
    do something about this jumped up demented little berk
    & the equally reviled fish wife ?

    The whole of Buckingham is being brought into disrupt
    by his self important grandiose schemes which of course
    are fully funded by the Mug Compliant Tax Payers without
    a murmur of discontent………until now !!

    Has anyone thought to interview the Buckingham CP
    Chairman on the local party line plus what will happen on
    Thursday 7 May 2014 which is going to result in a political
    earthquake across the country …………

    When millions VOTE for UKIP because its the right thing todo !!!

  60. 60
    Norm Normal says:

    Labour speaker next – Diane Abbot? Angela Eagle? Dennis Skinner? Meg Munn? Gordon Brown? Tom Watson?

  61. 61
    its a R.I.P.-off says:

    with HIS and HEARSE on the front windscreen

  62. 62
    Real Benefits Cost Analysis says:

    Time of work, total two days £1750
    Time needed to organise trip 4 hours

    Total time 2.5 working days, cost £2,500

    Cost of morning suite, dried clean, shirt, ironed, shoes, polished, hairdo

    £2,000

    Total Expenses to Taxpayer, 1.2+ 2+2.5 £6,000

    Back at the office, Parliament in the absence of Bercow, no interference, needless enquiries, productivity improvements:

    Staff directly daily contact tripled their productivity, staff elsewhere general wellbeing up between 5 to 50%

    Sicky days over following week down by 50%

    Conclusion Bercows disappearence immediate cost -6000
    Benefit cost 1000 employees, 50% productivity improvement, for 2 days

    £500,0000 made.

    Conclusion Parliament would save daily £250,000 if Bercow disappears

  63. 63
    Hugh Janus says:

    They seem quite incapable of ever doing the right thing and sorting out this puffed-up little prat who, almost daily, demeans his high offce – thus proving that they really are ‘all in this together’ and could not give a flying f*ck about Parliament or the voters.

    Thankfully there is an election approaching. The Tories and Bercow (he, like Vichy Dave, definitely isn’t a Tory) are completely inept, something for which we can all show our gratitude when the time comes.

  64. 64

    I-raq is gonna see a drone special so soon, it’s a win win. Now watch this drive.
    Baz-O.

  65. 65
    Anonymous says:

    too tired to do it all in one day

  66. 66
    Trougher says:

    We’re all in it together …

  67. 67
    Hugh Janus says:

    Still, at least the booze is cheap:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11024713/6-million-taxpayer-subsidy-for-Parliament-bars.html

    Hardly a surprise that the subsidy has actually gone up for the H o L. Still, there are now an utterly ludicrous 850 of the thirsty b*stards to look after…..

    High time we had a thorough clear-out of these parasites.

  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    He needs two people to carry his ego

  69. 69
    Morgan's Organ says:

    This uncouth oaf is making a fool of us, parliament and the dignity of his office. Get him out!

  70. 70
    RomaBert... says:

    Is there one called Arrogant?

  71. 71
    Bercow You Rascal says:

    Would Diane Abbot let others speak

  72. 72
    Corridor of Uncertainty says:

    How did Guido’s bar bill compare?

  73. 73
    The Anglo Saxon says:

    He can’t reach the pedals either.

  74. 74
    Anon but Voting UKIP @ 2015 GE...... says:

    We can indeed show our deep gratitude in the same way the
    Canadians did in there 1993 GE which the Conservatives
    went into with 156 seats as the Governing party……….
    After all of the votes were counted the Conservatives only
    had “TWO” Seats in the new Parliament !!!!

    On the bases of the Canadian result happening here it will
    mean LESS than 5 Conservative MPs in the new Parliament !!!!!

    Perhaps Vichy Dave & his mendacious manipulative cohorts
    has not yet worked out that WE have the POWER to certainly
    make that a reality HERE, but then again Vichy Dave is not the
    sharpest pencil in the box……but he soon will understand the
    word called gratitude post May G E results that is guaranteed !!!

  75. 75
    Koba says:

    This is typical of the Public sector, they think that they have an entitlement far above the people who pay their salaries let alone expenses. Self-serving crooks, the lot of them!

  76. 76
    TFL says:

    Gheedo quotes taxi.

    Tube from westminster to Euston 20 mins max for £2 . he could walk to embankment and total time is even less.
    Bus would be £1.45

    Three can share a room in budget hotels — William Hague would have saved the taxpayer money.

    That’s assuming hotel was needed (it wasn’t) and that it was work for the public, which it wasn’t.

    We’ve just had a family holiday for three in Malta for 10 days. Excluding flight (not applicable in his case), but including the transport in both countries, rooms, food, and all spending money came to not much more than half of what Bercow paid for one night private function.

  77. 77

    Westminster to Euston by underground £2.20. Same coming back. Claiming £112 is theft pure and simple. Why hasn’t he had his collar felt yet?

  78. 78
    TFL says:

    Throw in a week of diving instruction and equipment for the little fellow and it would get closer … and a pair of secateurs to snip his breathing tube at 100 feet down.

  79. 79
    Dangerous Brian says:

    Not if you have a night on the piss and have to “look after” two “staffers” for a couple of hours.
    Maybe the “staffers” were the Mizzes Bercow & Sasoon, the bar bill would have been huge.

  80. 80
    TFL says:

    Ah, gone up since I last did it. that extra 20p probably the straw that broke the camel’s back.
    But more convenient than booking and waiting for taxi. Not when taxpayer provides office staff to do that though.

  81. 81
    Sadiq says:

    more public sector waste.

  82. 82
    its a R.I.P.-off says:

    + services of youngish lady
    + medical checkup thereafter

  83. 83
    Tea leaf says:

    So, who investigates and sanctions the little chancer?

  84. 84
    its a R.I.P.-off says:

    thank you oh worthy southern bean-counter

    your reward could indeed be in another place

    by the time your schedule delivers little johnny to coketown – some of its inhabitants will already be planning to get out of bed

  85. 85
    The Last Quango in Paris says:

    if we’re paying for it can we get a breakdown of receipts?

  86. 86
    Jessica Valenti says:

    Outrageous! And here’s me having to pay for my own tampons.

  87. 87
    Dr Witchbottom says:

    to be fair he probably can’t reach the straps.

  88. 88
    __JustSayNo_toFriendsofIsrael says:

    Heavier than usual censorship on the blog today, with critical Israeli comments disappearing into the ether…

    Just rebrand the site: ‘FoIrder-FoIrder.com’ and be done with it.

    More honest.

  89. 89
    Fuck both lots of them says:

    Probably cos it’s a thread about the Poisoned Dwarf’s expenses, you tedious twat.

    Let both sides get on with it: just don’t let allow (back) into the country anyone who goes out there.

  90. 90
    A nonny mous says:

    Why can’t he pay his own costs to goto the funeral ? My work wouldn’t pay my costs if a colleague passed away ?

  91. 91
    TFL says:

    Also, a funeral is arranged a few days in advance, so no need to pay full standard Lon-Man fare. £70 easy enough for a return. Missed the Manchester car travel: that looks completely rotten. How does this get taken further or is it just left as a blog post and forgotten?

    Also, multiply this stuff times 52 weeks times 1500 MPs and Lords.

  92. 92
    Fred the pensioner says:

    Is the chair strong/big enough for the Hippo?

  93. 93
    Fred the pensioner says:

    ..or David Davis (sp?).

  94. 94
    Anonymous says:

    Why didn’t he just use a Skype feed?

  95. 95
    Fred the pensioner says:

    Like many on here, I am really feeling very “short” changed.. Time this little kvnt was defenestrated. The Thames is quite warm at this time of the year.

  96. 96
    Socialists are money sucking parasites says:

    What’s the problem – parasite Bercow is pally with our non-labouring party – so its got to be Ok.
    That’s what us tax-paying plebs exist for – to be bled dry for a parasitic cause by feudalist socialists and their pals. Keeping our heritage and traditions going since 1066.

  97. 97
    Llareggub says:

    I’m a fan of Guido, but I do think this is a little over the top. Ibis is pretty basic, and Park Inn is hardly top-of-the-range.

    Personally, I generally stay at the Premier Inn when I travel on business. It’s pleasant and comfortable, providing everything you might need, including wi-fi, but with no unnecessary frills. I looked up three rooms for one night in any Manchester Premier Inn in about two months’ time. All were around £460.

    So, I think Park Inn isn’t a bad choice.

  98. 98
    Nige for King says:

    Another cnut with double standards.
    Off with his head.

  99. 99
    Anonymous says:

    Yes, if they’re so keen on forcing the rest of us onto public transport, why isn’t it good enough for them?

  100. 100
    RichUpNorth says:

    Exactly! Surely, attending a funeral is a personal thing. Why should we have to foot Shorty’s bill?

  101. 101
  102. 102
    Farage says:

    IT WAS IN MAY 2014 ??
    FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK

  103. 103

    A big, blowsy blonde, who smokes, drinks and f*cking loves it up her. You’d ALL be in there like a rat up a drainpipe if given half a chance

  104. 104

    That’s the worst misspelling of saboteurs I’ve ever seen

  105. 105
    Tom Catesby says:

    Another throughing, scamming hunt.

  106. 106
    bwanamakubwa says:

    I’d pay £1300 to go to Bercow’s funeral!

  107. 107
    Long John Silver' s parrot says:

    This sounds like a job for PC Plod.

  108. 108
    Long John Silver' s parrot says:

    more public sector “fraud” .

  109. 109
    Berko Witch says:

    My husband is not Happy.

  110. 110
    Sally B. says:

    £500 for “Manchester car travel”. At that price, was it an away-from-home Escort by any chance?

  111. 111
    Googler says:

    just checked. Premier inn in central manchester is available for £75 per single room.

    Are you a mug or can’t people like you and Little John’s secretaries use the internet?

  112. 112
    Googler says:

    I bloody would. I’m not a fan of popcorn but I might make an exception.

  113. 113
    Sir Bart Young George says:

    She looks like a bloke. If that floats your boat, then good for you.

  114. 114
  115. 115
    Hiram J Cheeseburger III says:

    Must be kept in the style becoming a French monarch. Odious little short arsed creep.

  116. 116
    Anonymous says:

    “Bercow’s £1,300 MP Funeral Bill on Expenses”
    Seem eminently fair. Considering it’s democracy that has died. So, long live the republic some say.

  117. 117
    William Hague says:

    Yes I like to keep in touch with young people by sharing a room at the YMCA

  118. 118
    Reasonable Voter says:

    I’m still waiting for a full explanation from the little fucker.
    C’mon you sanctimonious little twerp, let’s all see you explain this one away!

  119. 119
    Uncertainty Principle says:

    Would Angela Eagle be allowed to wear blue solidarity overalls, builders boots and industrial gloves? Could she claim “Rizlas” on expenses?

  120. 120
    Violent Asquith says:

    When it was pointed out to Dave that he had not included Speaker Bercow in the total of Tories in Parliament, he said, “Oh, we don’t count him!”

  121. 121
    Violent Asquith says:

    How many of the other attendees were on expenses? To think, that their sanctimonious “respects” for Goggins were just a pretext for a jolly. Without receipts they may all have stayed for the day, come back by cheap return and pocketed the difference. Long live Goggins!

  122. 122
    Mrs bercow says:

    This odious, repellent little man claims to atend a funeral ? Thats it for me, he told me he was atrending a ‘walk tall’ class.

  123. 123
    Mrs Bercow says:

    Defines the word ‘WANKER’


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