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.
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Clerk of the House and Chief Executive
Confirmation that the Speaker authorised the police investigation…
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?
UPDATE : Desperate Dan comments that if the police find the whistleblower they should give him a “CrimeStoppers” reward. A knighthood wouldn’t go amiss either.
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.
The 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.
So 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.
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?
Who 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.
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…
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Tony Blair threatens Ed:
“If you had a strong political lead that was combining the politics of aspiration with the politics of compassion, I still think that’s where you could get a substantial majority… If I ever do an interview on [the state of the Labour Party], it will have to be at length…”