Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sunday Sleaze Bumper Edition

Sunday SleazeThere is a heck of a lot to round-up this morning.  So first a bit of light entertainment:

Tory MP James Gray, who Guido can confirm from previous behaviour is a complete shit, is exposed today by the News of the World “as a greedy skinflint after claiming for Remembrance Day wreaths on expenses.” Iain Dale calls James Gray “a class one copper bottomed shit… I feel sick to the stomach that an MP from the party I support could even contemplate claiming money for a wreath, let alone actually going ahead and doing it.” So bad news for the Tory Shadow Scottish Secretary David Mundell, who also claims for wreaths.  They are both pretty much unashamed that their tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice is to put in an expense claim.

Guido alluded to LibDem CEO Lord Rennard’s troughing ways yesterday, the News of the World has found out about his lying to the parliamentary authorities about his place of residence so he can trouser £41,678 tax free.  Guido will be returning to Lord Rennard in the near future.  His troughing dishonesty doesn’t end with this, nor does his personal morality bear much scrutiny.

The News of the Screws has a competition , the winner can live like an MP!

Live Free Like An MP

rsz_caroline-flint-wearing-hi-heelsCaroline Flint is posing as a diva in a fashion spread in the Observer.  The hard-hitting interview asks “Will she ever be able to improve on her number seven ranking in the Most Fanciable MP list?”  No questions however about the former Housing Minister getting the taxpayer to pay her stamp duty tax.

The Times reports that Baroness Thornton, a Labour minister in the whips’ office, with a £1 million family house near Hampstead Heath claims up to £22,000 a year in expenses by saying that her mother’s modest bungalow in Yorkshire is her main home.

Hazel Blears flipped her main residence and told a different story to the tax man enabling her to avoid paying capital gains tax on the £45,000 profit she made out of taxpayers.

Tom Watson, the mendacious Minister for Mudslinging and Digital Engagement, claims almost £100 a week for food.  Together with fellow Minister Iain Wright, he has used parliamentary allowances to lavish more than £100,000 on their shared Central London home since the last General Election.  That is one gold-plated pig sty.

Something to mull over; HMRC allows £5 per night subsistence deductions to taxpayers for overnight stays in the UK.  MPs voted themselves £20-a-day tax-free subsistence payments.  Why is the rule different for MPs?  Do they eat 300% more than the rest of us?

UPDATE : Talking of Tom Watson, after reading the above a co-conspirator emails;

tom_wThe first time I met him, after many bottles of vino and hours of him talking to my tits, he started telling me all about his second home in London and that he and Siobhan were looking to buy another one in the capital. I was thinking she must be loaded, but now that I consider it in light of current events, I have my doubts.

He is of course (like all MPs) loaded, courtesy of the taxpayers.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Coming Tomorrow Soon : How to Fiddle £2 Million On Expenses Tax Free! Within the Rules!

Hoon's Flipping Fiddles

Police Investigating McNulty

Police have been asked by a member of the public to investigate a claim that Tony McNulty may have ‘obtained pecuniary advantage by deception’. What would Father Dominic say McNulty?

Video credit : Tory Politico

Friday, May 8, 2009

Leak About Leak Shows Panic

Real fear stalks the Parliament of Whores:

To all Members

I refer to the publication today of articles in The Daily Telegraph about Members’ expenses apparently based on information held in confidence by the House service.

The advice which I have received is that there are reasonable grounds to believe a criminal offence may have been committed in relation to the way this information has been handled. Having informed Mr Speaker I have today made a report to the Metropolitan Police, asking them to consider the matter.

Recognising individual Members’ concerns, an inquiry line (020 7219 XXXX) has been set up which will be open during working hours and between 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May. A senior member of staff will be on hand to assist Members.

If it would be more convenient, you can e-mail xxxxxxx@parliament.uk supplying contact details and a member of staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please note if you or your delegate call the inquiry line you will be required to provide proof of identity through the MP Verify identification system used by the Department of Resources.

Malcolm Jack

Clerk of the House and Chief Executive

Confirmation that the Speaker authorised the police investigation…

+++ Crooks Call Cops +++

MPs have called in the police to find the leaker who is responsible for getting the truth about the abuse of public funds by politicians into the public domain. How is that in the public interest?

Crime StoppersUPDATE : Desperate Dan comments that if the police find the whistleblower they should give him a “CrimeStoppers” reward. A knighthood wouldn’t go amiss either.

Expenses Freedom of Information : Villains and Heroes

We know who the villains of this charade have been; the Speaker, the backbenchers of the parliamentary Labour and Conservative Parties.  Gordon Brown has nothing to be proud of, he constantly failed to push reform forward because he could not carry his backbenchers.  The YouTube debacle was his last minute desperate attempt to be seen as a reformer.  Disastrous.

Stuart BellThe shameful Members Estimate Committee, particularly Sir Stuart Bell, has done everything in its power to frustrate meaningful reform.  Clegg’s LibDems have been better, though they have their embarrassments too (yes, Guido means you Lord Rennard).  Cameron too has bitten the bullet even though he must know there are going to be a heck of a lot of revelations about his party.  The Conservative Chief Whip Patrick McLoughlin’s role has been very suspect and it is fair to say that Cameron’s stated position and the behaviour of his Chief Whip have often appeared incompatible.

Heather BrookeSo much for the villains, who are the heroes in this affair?  One heroine stands out.  Heather Brooke fought for years to get the details of MPs use of the public’s money into the public domain.  She fought the parliamentary authorities long and hard in the courts.  The deviousness of the parliamentary establishment can’t be overstated.  This is her victory.

She was aided and abetted by the press, particularly some of the tabloids, freedom of information campaigners, pressure groups like the Taxpayers’ Alliance and last but not least, bloggers. There is one more hero who should not be forgotten, the person who has blown a digital whistle on this whole charade.  It does not matter if the whistleblower has done it partly for money.  Mercenaries can sometimes fight heroically for freedom.

Strange Silence of the Opposition

Clegg and Cameron seem quiet today don’t they? The usual attack dogs seem strangely muzzled.  Chris Grayling isn’t growling.  Norman Baker isn’t barking into broadcaster’s microphones. Wonder why? Could it be because no matter what their party, they are all at it?

Friday Caption Contest (I’m Alright Hoon Edition)

Pair of Hoons

“It is All Within the Rules”

millionaire-mp-logoWho made the rules? MPs. Who benefits? MPs. Who decides how much they are paid? MPs. Who judges rule breakers? MPs.  It is a fundamental legal principle, that you should not be a judge in your own case (“nemo debet esse iudex in propria causa”).  MPs are always judging other MPs caught red handed, that is why despite huge amounts of money being embezzled, not a single MP has gone to jail.

Guido has been shouting about the Green Book Rule changes which came into force on April Fools Day – and politicians really do take us for fools. To stop all the rule breaking by MPs they came up with a clever solution. Scrap the rules!  MPs have become millionaires from property portfolios financed out of taxpayer’s money, they have incredibly generous pension packages worth £30,000 a year.  Even by public sector standards this is generous. They just keep on troughing for decades and then collect their gold-plated index-linked pension schemes on their way out.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Guide to Expense Lies

Guido’s guide to the lies you will be hearing:

It has since been corrected- I knew it was going to come out and it was such a blatant fiddle that I realised I had to repay the fraudulently claimed money before it came out.

The Fees Office approved the payment – the Fees Office always take the word of “honourable” members.  They always make the payment without question.

It was a clerical error” – it was a small fiddle.

Lessons have been learned – we have got away with it, but we won’t do it again.

We need to have two homes to do our job properly- why stay in a hotel when we can build a property portfolio at the public’s expense?

Claims were made in good faith- we have always got away with it in the past.

It was within the rules” - MPs make the rules to suit themselves. MPs are  lawmakers, judge and jury.  It is a joke at our expense.  They really are almost all at it.  Now we can see…


Seen Elsewhere

Thornberry a Snob | Sun
Thornberry Has Turned Fire on Labour | Guardian
Thornberry’s Contempt for Working Class | Telegraph
Thornberry Shows Why Labour are Losing to UKIP | Alex Wickham
Thornberry Accused of Outrageous Snobbery | Mail
What Did Thornberry Mean By This Tweet? | Telegraph
Thornberry Finishes Labour in Rochester | City AM
Endless Hypocrisy of Russell Brand | Speccie
Few Tory to Labour Switches Since 2010 | Red Box
Did Venezuelan Spooks Break Into London Blogger’s Flat? | Infodio
Labour More Hostile to Any Coalition | Staggers


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“Heywood is more important than anyone in the cabinet, apart from Cameron and Osborne, and arguably more important than Osborne. He sits right next to the prime minister. He has him completely by the balls and Cameron does not do anything without Heywood’s permission.”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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