The Taxpayers’ Alliance has gone viral to promote their new report out today showing that the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy costs each household in Britain £400 a year. Jamie Oliver is actually cooking for the G20 Summit. Unfortunately this recipe for protectionist EU fudge sticks in the gullet…
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…
To err is human, to charge it to the taxpayers is to steal to fund your vice.
Jacqui Smith’s husband Richard Timney – who she pays £40,000 a year out of parliamentary expenses – is exposed in the Sunday Express for charging his porno-on-demand subscription to the taxpayer.
He gets to watch the money shots and we pay for his cheap thrills. What possible explanation is there for charging this to the taxpayer? Guido would like to hear Richard Timney justify his state subsidised w***ing.
Meanwhile Nigel Griffiths it seems was less than honest in explaining to the News of the World his very own pornographic photo-shoot in his office when he claimed to them that their story was “Absolutely groundless! Fabricated evidence! You must have some fabricated evidence! Outrageous! Absolutely outrageous!”
The News of the Screws mock his lawyer’s claims:
Incredibly 53-year-old Griffiths wants you to believe he has “little recollection” of spending 38 minutes taking 27 explicit images of a woman spreadeagled across the furniture of his ground floor Commons office, just yards from the Prime Minister’s own Commons office.
It was such an unmemorable sex session that he also apparently barely remembers, just half hour later, spending another hour and 40 minutes taking a futher 44 pictures at a second location.
On Friday Griffiths’ lawyer David Price blamed the MP’s loss of memory about the Remembrance Day romp on being “under the influence of alcohol”. But at one point he had recollected enough to create the time to transfer those 71 snaps from his camera to his laptop.
Remember that his Remembrance Day Frolic took place in his office paid for by the taxpayers, then went on to presumably his flat, also paid for by the taxpayers. Far from it being a drunken and forgotten frolic it turns out that he took the deliberate trouble to ensure he would not forget, by uploading the pictures to his laptop – a laptop computer also paid for by the taxpayers out of his parliamentary expenses. Presumably this would be so he would be able to reminisce over the 27 photos and later he too could enjoy a state subsidised w**k over the memory.
In other news Lord Myners, the minister responsible for cracking down on tax havens, has assets hidden in offshore tax havens. No porn involved this time, but he is still a w****er.
Get the News of the Screws tomorrow – a High Court judge has today backed the paper after it revealed Nigel Griffiths MP had sex in the House of Commons. Griffiths tried to gag the newspaper from publishing further details about his drunken sexual frolics. Given the outrageous situation with creeping Judge-made privacy precedents, today’s was an important decision, Mr Justice King agreed the Screws should be free to expose Griffith’s frolics. He also added, that the Griffiths was ‘economical with the truth’.
“The paper should be free to put the record straight as to what the Claimant said in response to the article. I accept there is a legitimate interest of the public in the way MPs use access to offices that they get as a result of their public office. There is a right to prevent the public from being significantly mislead. At the very least, he was being economical with the truth.”
To be clear, Griffiths lied publicly and also issued an extremely misleading statement. That the Parliamentary Commissioner has also failed to investigate means that as far as parliament is concerned, “Honourable” Members can film drunken porno sessions in the Mother of Parliaments without any sanction.
Sunday Sleaze should be fun tomorrow…
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.
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Chris Bryant talks to the Times Diary about a famous gay actor:
“I don’t think I’ve had sex with him. He says we had sex in Clapham. I’m fairly certain I’ve never had sex south of the river”