Note that the anger MPs are feeling about the expenses revelations is directed not at those MPs who are abusing the system and bringing them all into disrepute, but at those who are exposing them. Labour MPs are convinced there is a “Tory mole”* in the fees office, others think that digitised versions of their soon to be released receipts are being shopped around the papers.
MPs are after blood – the blood of the whistle blowers rather than the blood of those robbing the public.
That is how morally compromised they are, no longer able to see that what they are doing is wrong. They just want to stop the sunlight shining on their dodgy practises.
*Having been involved in a few of these expense fiddle stories coming to light, MPs should realise that the sources are often constituents, outraged staff, disgusted civil servants, sometimes rival politicians from the same party and often the result of plain old digging. Politicians are now widely despised as a class, don’t be surprised that your dirty secrets are becoming public knowledge.
Richard Murphy is the left-wing accountant who is wheeled out by the Guardian as a rent-a-quote “expert” on tax whenever they want to justify demanding higher taxes.
He is in reality just another left-wing, poisonous advocate of the legalised looting of the productive classes. His hypocrisy was exposed when he gave the Guardian a clean bill of health despite them taking advantage of a legal loophole to avoid paying a single penny in tax when GMG made £300 million in profits. Tax justice indeed.
Murphy was also silent on GMG’s use of a Caymans Islands special purpose vehicle to avoid capital gains and has not breathed a word of condemnation of Lord Myners’ personal use of offshore tax havens to protect his assets.
Lord Myners, until a few months ago the chairman of GMG, is supposed to be the minister for tackling tax havens. There is hypocrisy on so many levels on the Guardianista left…
James Purnell won’t thank Guido for wishing this out loud, but when the civil war starts in the Labour Party after the general election, may Purnell be on the winning side. If he wins a not forgotten Thatcherite aspiration will be realised – we will no longer have a socialist opposition party.
He gave a speech in Chile yesterday setting out how he thinks capitalism should be saved, how it can be more egalitarian and predicting that the next decade will be capitalist. He also wants less power for the state and politicians – which all sounds very much like a Thatcherite agenda for popular capitalism.
The coded bit of the speech that struck Guido was this:
People are worried about the extraordinary instability that was bubbling below the long boom of the last two decades. We can’t promise to end instability.
Who presided over that bubble? Who promised to end the instability of boom and bust? Do you think Gordon Brown will be happy with the speech?
Not often that Polly Toynbee, Tim Montgomerie and Guido agree: popular anger with the political class is rising. Something that Polly wants Labour to adjust to by moving policy to the left as well as limiting public-sector fat-cat pay. Tim Montgomerie agrees on the latter but wants the Tories to wake up to popular anger by putting on hair-shirts and getting their own snoughts out of the trough. Guido welcomes both pundits to the anti-politics banner.
Democracy is broken, the political media elite distant from the people with the two main parties offering no choice and no change. Osborne is promising no change and blaming the economic crisis. Taxation will remain penal, spending will remain prolific, there will be some reforms of a failed state bureaucracy but no rollback and no radicalism. Hannan is at least making the case for a radical shift of power from the centralised state bureaucracy to people at local level.
The Cameroons can’t seal the deal with the people with pragmatism, “Triangulation Now!” is not the banner that will get people marching. Voters are angry with Brown and disenchanted with politicians offering more of the same. Bedazzled during the Blair years, Cameron, Osborne and Hilton have yet to show that they realise the times have fundamentally changed. Taking strategic advice from the wrong Danny* has left the Tories outflanked on their USP – the LibDems are now the only party promising to reduce the tax burden on the low paid. Hannan told Newsnight last night that people are fed up of being, “ripped off, lied to and ignored” by politicians. Disenchantment with politicians has never been higher, most think they are overpaid and dishonest. Hannan gets it. This crisis is an opportunity to radically change the plan.
*Finkelstein. Nice guy, but wrong. Danny has been consistently one political zeitgeist behind the times all his life.
In an email tonight to Conservative Party supporters Dave hails
Dan Hannan’s brilliant response to Gordon Brown in the European Parliament. It was so effective and shows the growing power of the internet over TV.
Meanwhile Sir Michael White is getting a lashing from his own readers on the Guardian website for, well, just not getting it. Douglas Carswell MP is taking the opportunity on his blog to remind Sir Michael that he recently mocked Carswell for saying YouTube was going to be politically important. On the other hand Guido has to give full credit to John Prescott, who clearly does get it:
I must say I find the internet sensation caused by Dan Hannan’s speech to the European Parliament remarkable. Normally, an obscure Eurosceptic Tory MEP would not get any coverage for a rant against the Prime Minister in the mainstream media. And it proved to be the case. None of the networks or the newspapers originally covered it. But once he uploaded it onto YouTube it took off. Firstly it got up to 30,000 hits after being promoted by Guido Fawkes on his website. Then it exploded in the US once it was put on the Drudge Report site. The mainstream media were then forced to cover it and it has now been seen by more than a million people. I think this is a perfect example of the power shift away from the mainstream media to the internet. Instead of having to get past the editorial filter of journalists and editors, people are starting to set the news agenda and the hacks are having to catch up.
All the left-wing think-tanks and pressure groups have been having seminars and meetings on how to harness the internet “after Obama”. Maybe they should have looked to Ron Paul instead, he had a clear libertarian political message that he articulated via the internet. The internet insurgency shook up the Republican party during the U.S. primaries when Ron Paul, then a little known anti-War Republican running for President, shocked the U.S. political establishment by raising over $4 million online – in one day. It was not for nothing that his campaign song was “Google Ron Paul”.
Hannan’s first choice for U.S. president was the libertarian Republican, not really surprising considering Hannan and Carswell are two of the most libertarian leaning Conservative politicians. If you read their book “The Plan“, you will see they both get the internet and the effect it will have on politics. Right now some 1 1/4 million people have “Googled Dan Hannan”…
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Harry Cohen is the chippy left-wing MP who disgraces the Leyton parliamentary seat once held by Winston Churchill. Harry claims more for his second home and expenses than any other MP in London, in fact his annual expense claims of […]