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Sunday Sleaze Round-Up

Sunday SleazePost links to sleaze stories in the comments and Guido will summarise them here.  It is a dirty job, but someone has to do it…

Andy Burnham was assisted by the Common’s authorities who bent the rules after he got a bung from a property developer and managed to over-claim in the same year by £10,000.  More support for Guido’s thesis that the Palace of Westminster is less about public service and more like gangster racketeering.

millionaire-mp-logoEric Joyce has claimed over a million, paying zero capital gains tax on his property flipping over the years.  He told the Mail on Sunday that this ‘This conversation may have cost me £160,000′, it will hopefully cost him his seat as well.  Though he will have sworn year after year on his tax return that he was making a full and true statement.  A criminal offence.

LibDem MP Malcolm Bruce managed to claim for two different properties simultaneously.  Cleverly he put his wife on the payroll at his constituency home and used the incidental expenses provision to feather bed that home and the ACA to featherbed his London home.  Guido thought he new every trick in the book by now, this is a new one.  Bruce won’t tell us how much he paid his wife.  Our money into his household income and he wants it to be kept secret?

Angela Browning, a former Tory minister, claimed £10,000 for her website, which looks like it took three hours to throw together.  She claimed for the usual long list of interior design features including the kitchen sink (£2,714). Worse than Jacqui Smith…

Derek Conway tried to claim for a £160 pig-skin walletHow appropriate.

The news isn’t all bad, according to the Sunday Times half the occupants of the parliament of whores could be swept away on the tide of righteous anger sweeping the nation. Guido is betting on 50 resigning or standing down in disgrace and perhaps a 100 more incumbents suffering the wrath of the fleeced voting taxpayers – over and above party swings. The Sunday Times reckons 325 troughers will be forced onto their index-linked gold-plated pensions. Guido’s heart bleeds…

+++ MacKay Going +++

Expect more revelations tomorrow about his wife Julie Kirkbride MP.  Ian McCartney, former chairman of the Labour Party, and literally a champagne socialist who had the taxpayer buy his champagne flutes on expenses is going as well. So it begins…

UPDATE : Interesting and revealing blog from within the constituency hall from Mark Thompson.  It was pretty bad, no wonder why he went.  This is the way it is going to be for troughers…

MacKay Heckled

Telegraph Owners Take Down Nadine’s Blog

Dizzy has the scoop:

Some interesting developments have happened overnight. Nadine Dorries has seen the blog part of her website instantly taken down after she made allegations against the owners of the Telegraph Group, Sir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay.

Lawyers acting for the Barclay brothers, Withers, instructed the takedown to Acidity via mail last night, citing the Acceptable User Policy. The takedown will be bolstered by the Godfrey vs Demon precendent, where an order can be made and it will be done instantly.

Nadine DorriesShe did make some off the wall allegations on the blog, she is clearly angry with the Telegraph, but accusing the Barclay brothers of setting out to destabilise the political establishment because they favour UKIP and the BNP was a bit barmy.  It did lead Guido to suggest yesterday that Nadine Needs a Holiday.

The blog is still available in the Google cache.

The Telegraph has put out this tactful explanation as to how they came into possession of the discs.  Note no mention of money changing hands.

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/1137883380

Make Gov Poverty History

Have a good weekend…

Nadine Needs a Holiday

Nadine DorriesGuido has a lot of time for Nadine Dorries, she adds to the gaiety of the nation immensely.  However she has really misjudged the public mood if she thinks there is any sympathy for MPs who are feeling stressed.  Most people would like to see crooked MPs in jail, not getting psychiatric counselling for stress at the taxpayers’ expense.  She seems to be saying that the ACA racket was known and understood by all to be part of an MP’s entitlement.  Well that may be how MPs see it, but that is not how most people see it nor how it was in law.

The only MPs suffering stress are those that fleeced the taxpayer.  They deserve more than that, they deserve to face criminal charges.

UPDATE : Anthony Weaver, from Holborn agrees.  He applied for a summons before a district judge in Jacqui Smith’s constituency in Redditch alleging that she defrauded the public purse of between £116,000 and £200,000 by claiming her main residence was her sister’s London house.  He wanted to prosecute Ms Smith under Section 2 (1) of the Fraud Act 2006.  The judge adjourned the case, advising Mr Weaver to contact Scotland Yard.

Friday Caption Contest

Troughing Twosome Margaret Moran & Jacqui Smith

Guido will send a copy of  A History of Political Trials: From Charles I to Saddam Hussein and a copy of  The Big Red Book of New Labour Sleaze to the wittiest caption writer.  Note that it is the wittiest, not most abusive comment that wins…

Guido is Unwell

The good weather has made Guido unwell.  It was because of the sunshine that Guido drunk a couple of jugs of Pimms.  Which led to a few beers, which led to a sip of Jack Daniels which possibly led to […]

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Rennard Round-Up

Rennard’s goodbye letter said he was leaving not because of the News of the Screws revealing his dishonesty, not because of his expenses and not because of Newsnight featuring him as the emblematic LibDem expense trougher last night. His […]

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+++ Labour MP Ben Chapman Standing Down Over Fiddles +++

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+++ Rennard Resigns +++

UPDATE :

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Shhh, Don't Tell Anyone We're in StockwellFirst, I’d like to thank all members for everything that you are doing to help our candidates in the European and local elections (if you have local elections in your area). I am sure that

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