Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sorry for the Delay

In case you are wondering why Guido has yet to name and shame some more scamming MPs, it is not for lack of will.  They are being elusive – genuinely on holiday in some cases.   Would like to hear their explanations before putting them in the stocks.  Though am close to just outing without speaking to the MP who boasted he had 400,000 airmiles as a result of junkets and wouldn’t have to pay for his family holiday. 

You, know who you are…

Guess What Happened Next?

Police brutality is in the news again.  Here is Gordon being brutal towards a copper.  How can anyone watching this (video here) not think Brown is socially autistic?  The Prime Mentalist is an emotionally retarded weirdo.

Irish Politicians Take 10% Expenses Cut, Pensions Abolished

The Irish budget yesterday was a tough  budget.  The type of budget that in reality Britain needs to implement to get the economy back on track. Welfare cuts and tax hikes are never popular moves. Brian Lenihan, the finance minister, said right at the beginning of his speech

… before we ask anyone else to give, we in this House and in this Government must examine our own costs. Those of us in politics have been entrusted with a great privilege by the people. We must lead by example.

Irish politicians rightly feel they need to share the pain – pensions for serving politicians are to be discontinued and allowable expenses cut by 10% across the board.  The Irish President Mary McAleese has already announced that she will be taking a 10% pay cut in light of the current budgetary troubles. The finance Minister Brian Lenihan and his ministerial colleagues took a 10% wage cut last year. The opposition leader has instructed his party’s parliamentarians to take a 5% cut. The governor of the Irish Central Bank and Financial Services Authority has volunteered to also surrender 10% of pay. The state broadcaster RTÉ’s top six executives are taking a “significant reduction” in pay.

In contrast last week British MPs accepted a 2.33% pay rise

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

+++ New MP’s Scam Breaking +++

millionaire-mp-logoGuido is digging into a whole new seam of scams that have come to his notice. MPs are renting out buy-to-let properties that they own, to members of  their own staff, to whom they authorise payments out of parliamentary expenses.   Laundering their expenses via their staff back into their own pockets.

Like a Victorian mill owner paying his tenanted workers in their own coin to pay back in rent and spend in their tied shops.  Except MPs use our money…

UPDATE : Have just been given information about MPs renting properties to other MPs who claim for the rent on expenses, which they then pay into their MP mate’s pocket.  Nice.

+++ Developing +++

Oaten : Journalists Knew for Years

Disgraced LibDem MP Mark Oaten tells the Press Gazette that the News of the Screws had known of his activities for three years but had chosen to wait until he was better known to report his use of rent-boys. He claims:

“They had my story for three years I think, but hung on to it and never did anything with it. They could have made that public interest argument at any point in the three years. I had always been a Member of Parliament, but they waited until it could sell most newspapers, at the point at which I became well-known and at my most famous…. What annoys me is when they essentially expose people’s private lives and pretend they’re doing society a great service.”

In response to Oaten’s claims, a News of the World spokesman said: “The allegations were proven true… Mr Oaten is correct that we are indeed in the business of selling papers, however we chose not to print details of his grubby activities on the front page of a family newspaper… With that in mind, perhaps it is the married MP who paid rent boys for kinky sex who should consider a more ‘upfront and honest’ approach.”

The question which arises in Guido’s mind is that if as Mark Oaten reckons the Screws had known about his rent-boy frolics for three-years, doesn’t that contradict his original excuses?  He claimed that it was the sudden onset of male pattern baldness that unbalanced him.  Sudden?   Journalists knew for over three years?

Hat-tip : Pink News

Monday, April 6, 2009

Morgan Taking in Greenwashing from Home

Guido’s old friend Steve Morgan is not completely finished. Morgan Alllen Moore may have closed down, but you can’t keep a bad spin-meister down. The man who told his local paper he was the international spokesman for Obama, has a new operation – “Enviro Business Solutions”.  They are focusing on green lobbying.

The website is strangely uninformative. It does not give an office address or name any staff members. Guido called Morgan’s home number which appears to double as the office number.

Mrs Morgan answered with a cheery “how did you get this number?”

Guido : It is on your website.

Mrs Morgan : What do you want?

Guido : A copy of your Code of Conduct as advertised on the website.

Morgan’s old firm was famously the first political lobbying firm in 17 years ever to be thrown out of the lobbyist’s trade group the Association Professional Political Consultants. Clearly Morgan has decided that he does not want that to happen again and will instead by abiding by his own Code of Conduct this time. Cunning. If they actually have one…

Politicians Take Us for April FoolsNew Green Book Insults Taxpayers

millionaire-mp-logoCameron, Clegg and Brown now say they will meet to discuss reforms of MP’s expenses – even though the last set of  “reforms” came into force only six days ago on April Fool’s Day.  It isn’t hard to see that first and foremost any measure that increases the income of MPs is not acceptable.

Guido’s inbox is over-flowing with evidence of politician’s financial fiddles.  High and low, Labour, Tory and LibDem alike.  Front bench, back bench, Peers of the Realm, left, right and centre.  They are nearly all at it.

Britain is in a recession verging on a depression, millions are hard-up. Yet politicians are becoming millionaires at the expense of the public.  How can they explain how someone who has never had a job in the productive part of the economy can become a millionaire?  They already have an all-in-package worth some £115,000* a year.  Despite already making five times average earnings they still want a pay rise.  How can they justify this greed?

Green Book of FiddlesThis level of looting of the public purse by supposed  public servants is grand larceny. It is on such a scale that we cannot possibly contemplate MPs themselves deciding on their own reforms.  The Speaker’s fix which saw them change the Green Book’s rules is an absolute insult.  How did they decide to tackle MP’s defrauding the taxpayer and claiming expenses that broke the rules? They scrapped the rules.  What was once financial fraud now becomes permissable. If you take the time to compare the old Green Book and the new Green Book (the April Fool’s Day reforms) you will see that instead of tightening things up, they have loosened things up.  Spitting in the faces of taxpayers who can do nothing because all the lawmakers are at it.

The revised “Green Book” is a licence for larceny:
‘The Green Book 2009′ : A Guide to Members’ allowancesPDF Document
The Green Book 2006′ : Parliamentary Salaries, Allowances and PensionsPDF Document

They must think we are idiots – for them it is “Carry on Fiddling”, except it is no longer a fiddle, it is an entitlement within the rules.

*£115,00 is the pre-tax equivalent of all claimable personal permissable allowances. Do no be confused by MPs arguing speciously that most of their expenses are for staff. That amount is not included in the £115,000 figure. Bear in mind that a huge number of MPs also employ spouses, children, mistresses and cronies.

Even the Chancellor Cheats the Taxpayer

What hope is there when the Chancellor, who is responsible for the integrity of the public finances, is lining his pocket at the public’s expense?  In times gone by this would have been a resigning matter.  The Right “Honourable” Alistair Darling will no doubt tell us he has done nothing wrong.  Judge for yourself:

He has a choice of four homes; he is provided with two grace and favour homes at the public’s expense, he rents out his former private home (originally taxpayer funded) for his private profit and then he claims for his other home.   He has at  various times claimed that various houses were his main residence – in doing so he always maximised his claim for expenses.   Today he pays no housing expenses whatsoever out of his own pocket – anywhere – while the taxpayer pays for three properties for him and he rents out a fourth to make an extra profit. The condemnation is universal:

Last night, a spokeswoman for Mr Darling refused to comment on his expense claims. However, it previously emerged that until 2005 he claimed that a flat he shared with other Labour MPs was his “main home”. This allowed him to claim about £70,000 in expenses on his Edinburgh home where his wife and children lived.

It was then reported that he switched his formal declaration and told the Parliamentary authorities that the Edinburgh home was his main residence. This allowed him to claim for a London property and it is thought he bought a flat in the capital.

However, after becoming Chancellor in July 2007, Downing Street automatically became his main residence. It is thought that he then began claiming expenses again on the Edinburgh property and rented out the London home. In the 2007-08 financial year, Mr Darling claimed £9,837 in second-home expenses.

Mr Cameron said: “Given the state is effectively providing the minister with a second home, I can see no justification for them continuing to claim a second-home allowance. If elected I will make sure no Conservative minister with a grace-and-favour residence in London would be allowed to make a claim for a second home – including me.

“We have to sort this out now. No one will listen to politicians about anything if the impression is that they are living high on the hog off the back of taxpayers.”

Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, said: ``It is clearly barmy for ministers to indulge in a form of double counting that enables them to enjoy two homes at the taxpayer’s expense.

“To say this is within the rules will only serve to convince the public that the rules are broken and need to be fixed as soon as possible.

Susie Squire of the Taxpayers’ Alliance added: “Alistair Darling has some serious questions to answer about his exploitation of the parliamentary allowances system. It’s very concerning that the man who is in charge of our money thinks it is appropriate to make a fast buck from the taxpayer. His behaviour is totally unacceptable.”

Go on, defend this Sir Michael White…

UPDATE : The London Evening Standard has discovered that Margaret Beckett is at it as well, she has three homes courtesy of the taxpayers.  Her caravan is (Guido believes) her own…

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sunday Sleaze Round-Up – MPs Spit in Our Faces

When Guido started his campaign against troughing MPs it was an occasional thing to to do a Sunday Sleaze Round-Up. Nowadays it is difficult to keep up with so many pigs in so much s**t:

Jacqui claimed for her barbecue as well as her kitchen sink to ‘help her perform her duties as an MP’.

MPs ‘not trusted’ to review their own pay and expenses according to the Committee for Standards in Public Life.

The News of the World has done a great video which seems to come from a familiar idea:

It accompanies their story on the husband and wife champion parliamentary troughing team to match and exceed the greedy pillaging of the taxpayers done by the Wintertons – the Robinsons. They get to trough in Westminster and at the Northern Ireland Assembly to the tune of an unbelievable £600,000 a year.

MPs have even claimed for their taxes out of your taxes. Genius. They charge stamp duty to expenses.

Guido has been shouting about the Green Book Rule changes which came into force on April Fools Day – and politicians really must take us for fools. To stop all the rule breaking by MPs they came up with a clever solution. Scrap the rules! Keep on troughing…

Finally Rudi Vis MP is retiring from troughing and will no longer be on burden on the taxpayers – just as soon as we finance his retirement home on expenses. Don’t forget to collect your gold-plated index-linked pension scheme…


Seen Elsewhere

Guido Whips Politicians Into Shape | Guardian
Milburn Levelling Down | Kathy Gyngell
Crosby and Carswell Make Friends at Guido’s Dinner | Mail
Mrs Danczuk Beats Mensch to Win Guido | Telegaph
PM Congratulates Blogger Who Destroyed Minister | Mail
UKIP’s Promise to Defectors | Alex Wickham
Juncker: No Compromise on EU Immigration | Telegraph
Labour’s Numbers Don’t Add Up | Left Foot Forward
LibDems’ Loss is UKIP’s Gain | Telegraph
Fiona Woolf, Leon Brittan and the Establishment Cover Up | Mail
£8 Billion NHS Black Hole | Times


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