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…

Sunday Sleaze Hoon Special

Sunday Sleaze

The Mail on Sunday has Hoon bang to rights manipulating the system to build a mortgage free property portfolio.  He lived in a grace and favour apartment in Admiralty House, rented out his London home and claimed the allowance for his constituency home.  In the process making hundreds of thousands in profits playing the system and clearing his mortgage. All at the expense of the taxpayer.

Classic line from the article:

When The Mail on Sunday suggested that it appeared he had made a considerable sum by ‘manipulating the system’, he replied: ‘I don’t accept that for a moment.’

Complete Hoon…

UPDATE : According to the News of the World 138 MPs rent out a property at the same time as claiming claiming a second home allowance.  138 MPs are clearly and Hoonishly manipulating the system to build a property portfolio at the taxpayer’s expense.  That is how “public servants” who have never had a proper job in their lives, retire as millionaires off the backs of taxpayers.

Aussie PM Rude Bully of Air Hostess

pm-rudeAussie PM Kevin Rudd has more in common with our own Prime Mentalist than Guido realised.  His foul temper reduced a 23 year-old RAAF flight attendant to tears when he exploded because she was unable to serve him the in-flight meal he wanted.  No Nokias were harmed during the incident.

What is interesting about this story from a UK perspective is how the Aussie PM’s spin-doctors responded.  Lachlan Harris, the PM’s press spokesman, initially tried to cover up the incident with a flat denial that it had even occurred. When irritated air force top brass contradicted him the rude Rudd gave an evasive half-truth of an apology to the press via Lachlan.  Lachlan Harris is a protege of our very own Alastair Campbell, who was hired to advise on how to sharpen up Aussie Labor’s spin operation.  Clearly Lachlan has learnt from the master of dodgy deceit.

Friday Caption Competition

Jury Finds Jacqui Guilty

Jury Team, the new internet-based party set-up by Paul Judge to bring independent candidates with clean hands into politics, is making waves by running American-style attack ads in Jacqui Smith’s constituency – they will run online in Redditch local newspapers from tomorrow morning.

The advert is not that aggressive by American standards, by British standards it is, so much so that the newspapers in which it is running took legal advice before accepting the advert.

Iain Dale underestimates the anti-political climate that they are trying to tap into, anyone can stand in the party’s primaries. They are a small party but the internet means they can grow fast.  The Italian mani pulite movement in the early 90s started small and led eventually to the demise of the corrupt First Republic and the collapse of the old party structures.  When you have David Cameron proposing parliamentary reforms which will result in MPs pocketing more taxpayers cash you really wonder if these mavericks could go mainstream.  It happened in Italy…

More Raw Free Statporn, More than a Million Page Views

Look away if this stuff bores you.   The site broke the million page-views barrier for the first time in March.  The numbers broke down thus:

  • 1,191,456 page views plus another 251,952 via RSS feed.
  • 767,473 unique visits
  • 147,689 absolute visitors

The big jump is partly due to the Dan Hannan effect, his story was twice as popular as any other.  Top referrers were (excluding search engines) in order:

1. iaindale.blogspot.com / 56,888
2. spectator.co.uk / 20,363
3. politicshome.com / 16,082
4. politicalbetting.com /13,542
5. twitter.com /9,059

Twitter has come from nowhere in the last month.

The new server set-up also allows Guido to analyse the comments.  Notice how a few window-lickers have  already disappeared?  Multiple personalities have dissolved away as well.  Hopefully this has not been too heavy-handed.  The comments system’s automatic algorithm is still in beta and will be refined further, nevertheless it has already released Guido from moderation duties allowing 516 different individuals to make 17,080 comments last month.  It is a huge relief to no longer have to personally moderate them.

Many thanks to the readers and advertisers who have supported the blog.  You make it all possible.

+++ Gordon Wants IMF to Sell Gold Stocks +++

That has worked so well for Britain.  Not.

UPDATE : Guido didn’t see C4 News but a co-conspirator over on HPC reports Mandelson on the subject of IMF bailouts as telling Jon Snow

PM : We won’t be at the top of the queue”

JS : “You didn’t say we won’t be in the queue”

PM : “I don’t think we will be in the queue”

Honestly he didn’t want to say that last bit. He was more or less forced to. Very sheepish and quiet whan he said it. All this after Mandelson spent a good minute talking about how the stigma of going to the IMF was being reduced and it wouldn’t be embarrassing to go to them now. He even used examples of other countries, Mexico, that were considering using the special drawdown facility. We are being primed. Pure and simple. Just as we were for low interest rates and QE.

Apparently Mandelson said “We are destigmatising going to the IMF”Anyone got the video?

Fancy That

Private Eye’s Francis Wheen (of HP Sauce) has some good sources inside Labour circles and has heard some of the stories going around.  When Guido previously mentioned Draper’s widely known financial woes, Dolly launched into one of his charateristic blustering tirades:

Derek Draper Private EyeNeedless to say [Guido’s] latest post about me is inaccurate, offensive and libellous… I am clearly not going to get into my personal finances as these are no-one else’s business but the picture [Guido] attempts to paint is patently ridiculous.

You will note there are no names or actual facts just blanket and unspecific insinuations. If he had any actual facts why wouldn’t he publish them?

Guido will be more specific this time.  Private Eye doesn’t report that when Macintyre found out about Draper’s  treachery, he called Dolly “pure f***ing evil”.  Macintyre also complained to friends that it wasn’t just the difficulty of getting Draper to pay back the money he owed – it was that Draper  had enjoyed many an expensive alcohol fuelled lunch with Macintyre, unfortunately invariably at the latter’s expense.

The left-wing New Statesman political correspondent fancies himself as someone with an understanding of economics – he recently had a spat with Fraser Nelson, the Spectator’s number crunching political editor, which was hysterically one sided.   It has taken Macintyre a long time to grasp that there is no such a thing as a free lunch – except for Draper.

MP’s Expense Scans :Uploading is Public Interest Whistle Blowing

This is a message to the person who is reported in yesterday’s Times as having the unredacted MP’s expenses scans on disk.  Guido completely understands that you would like to make a profit for risking your neck. If however that […]

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Pornographers Exploiting Jacqui

Paul Raymond

Nice touch that the publishers of Razzle on their PaulRaymond.com website are asking customers “to please ask for permisson from the Tax-Payer before calling”If only…

UPDATE : Playboy UK are offering a Jacqui Smith VIP package[…]

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View from Above

Guido’s post 3 hour lunch cigar.  Off now to the Adam Smith Institute to give a speech…[…]

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The Lunchtime View

Lunchtime View: G20 Protests London 1 April 2009[…]

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