Punish Mainstream Politicians, Don’t Vote for Mainstream Parties

Guido has been campaigning for this reckoning for years and now we are at the point where the reality of the venality of the political class has been revealed, public anger is exploding.  However the impotence of voting is exposed, because they are all at it. They treat voters like sheep to be fleeced.

None of the AboveThere are calls for a demonstration – a “Rally of the Robbed”.  That would achieve nothing, even if we burnt parliament to the ground.  We face a kleptocratic class that has control of all the main parties.  Cameron has so far taken the whip away from Bob Spink and Derek Conway.  It remains to be seen what happens to Andrew MacKay, Julie Kirkbride and the long list of other Tory troughers.  Nick Clegg says he will come down like “a ton of bricks” on expense fiddlers.  So far a few small cheques have been written with no sign of a single brick lobbed.  Gordon Brown sits in cabinet with James Purnell, Hazel Blears, Jacqui Smith and Geoff Hoon.  Each of them has defrauded the taxpayer and milked the system to an extraordinary degree.  As long as they sit around the table he presides over a cabinet of crooks.

Like most humans, politicians are motivated by fear and greed.  Greed motivated the now revealed looting of the public purse. Fear is the only thing that will get politicians to change their ways, and what they fear most is losing their positions.  The mainstream parties are putting up the bogeyman of the BNP as the beneficiary of the none of the above vote.  Tebbit has smartly advocated voters voting for a minority party, there are palatable options available whatever your political leanings.  No party is perfect, but if your sympathies are to the left, this election is the time to vote Green, if your sympathies are to the right, time to vote UKIP, if you are more centrist, perhaps Libertas deserves your voteThat would punish the major parties.minority

Payrise? MPs Are Already Overpaid

Cameron has already ordered his troops to stop claiming dodgy expenses and it now seems likely that all MPs will finally lose their gold-plated expense fiddles.  As sure as Hoon has houses they will inevitably demand pay rises.  Examine the situation:  an MP’s current compensation package (without dishonesty or blatant looting) is worth some £120,000 to £130,000 if added to the basic salary are their “within the rules” allowances and pensions valued at pre-tax equivalent market rates.  Guido gives a range because of arguments as to the value of their pension package.  So let us settle on a figure of £125,000 as the current all-in value of their package.  Don’t forget many of them also increase the household income by employing children and spouses (or their 80-year-old mother in Peter Hain’s case).  MP’s basic salaries of £64.766 puts them in the top 3% of earners.  MP’s all-in packages put them in the top 1% of earners, yet they are in the words of the late Tony Banks “a sort of high-powered social worker”. Social workers are paid £30,000 a year.

millionaire-mp-logoThere is an all party consensus developing in Westminster that to make up for their loss of fiddles they should get a pay rise of some £30,000 – a rise equivalent to the aforesaid social worker’s annual salary, or the annual pay of an army officer risking his life in the taliban’s line of fire.  What on earth makes politicians think they are worth three times as much as a lieutenant in Helmand?  Being paid to hang round in taxpayer subsidised bars in SW1 for a late vote is not exactly as stressful as taking deadly incoming fire from AK47s or writing to the mothers and wives of young men under your command who have given their lives for their country.

The politicians of SW1 are by comparison undeserving, untrustworthy and overpaid.  They have a sense of self-entitlement that is as unjustified as their use of the term “honourable”.  They will try to justify a pay rise by comparison to surgeons or headmasters.  We need high pay to attract and retain those professionals.  Every available safe seat attracts hundreds of applicants, there is no need to raise the rewards.  Paying politicians high rewards attracts exactly the wrong type of careerist into politics and the political class have now shown themselves to be as despicable as they are interchangeable. We want people in politics who are more like good priests – poor and honest.

We Need a Name for this Scandal

Simon Hoggart makes a very good point this morning, the MPs expense scandal is un-named.  “Expense-gate” somehow isn’t right.  Guido likes “The Troughalypse”, though that isn’t self-descriptive.  Maybe “Snoutgate” Suggestions in the comments welcome…

Cameron Puts Shadow Cabinet Expenses Online in Realtime

rsz_pay-it-backYou can now watch the Shadow Cabinet expenses updated online, in realtime.  The planned Tory election broadcast has been abandoned.  Dave has instead gone for a 4 minute “sorry” and sets out the tough future rules his cabinet will follow.  Better late than never.

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Alan Duncan Gets Some Free Gardening

The guys at Don’t Panic who put the blue plaque on Jacqui Smith’s wall have been round to Alan Duncan’s place to help out with the gardening.  Hilarious, watch it until the end:
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Ed & Yvette Triple Flipped

Triple Flippers

millionaire-mp-logoEssentially they nominated three different properties in two years to be their main residence.   We paid for their million pound property portfolio.  Plus a few of the usual “accidental” double claims.  We also pay £600 every month for their food bills.  Bear in mind these two troughers have a combined household income of some £300,000 from the taxpayer, yet  they still feel we need to pay their Waitrose bills.  Every little helps, eh?

Public service can be so so rewarding…

Hat-tip: The Telegraph.

UKIP Breaking Through on 19%

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Yesterday Guido spoke to a number of UKIP staffers – they were saying they are overwhelmed with new support.  They were particularly excited by the cross-over from former Labour voters.  UKIP plan to run a bigger poster campaign than they did at the last Euro-elections.  Punters are even betting on them beating Labour for third place.  Tebbit was right, UKIP look to be the big beneficiary of the revulsion at the expense scandals engulfing the three major parties.

For the euro-elections YouGov have the Tories on only 28%, Labour on 22%, LibDems on 19% and UKIP have risen 12 points this week to 19%, the BNP are on 4%.  Despite Labour propaganda about the dangers of the BNP, it looks like it will be UKIP who are going to be the big winners from the anti-political zeitgeist.

+++ Greg Barker : I Will Pay Property Capital Gains Taxes +++

The Shadow Climate Change Minister Greg Barker is doing a Blears – he says he doesn’t have to but he will anyway.  He is close (socially*) to the Cameron inner circle.  It seems that the closer you are to Cameron […]

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2/3rds of Tories Say MacKay Should Resign

ConservativeHome polled 1,414 grassroots Tory members today and it don’t look good for troughers:

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+++ MacKay : Local Conservative Association Livid +++

rsz_pay-it-backGuido has been contacted by constituency members from Andrew MacKay’s local Bracknell Conservative Association. To say they are livid is an understatement. They think he is in denial about his wrong doing and do not accept it was a mere […]

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MacKay : “I’ll Pay It All Back”Calling Emergency Meeting in Constituency Next Week

He has sent out a statement to Conservative Party members in his constituency:

Message from Andrew.
11 a.m.
15th May 2009

I wanted you to know immediately that this morning I resigned as David Cameron’s Senior Parliamentary and Political Adviser.

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