Saturday, July 13, 2013

Are MPs Worth Three Times What They Were?

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In the mid-seventies MPs were paid in line with average wages, now they are triple average wages. Why?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

New MPs’ Pay Package Costs Half a Million More a Year

IPSA’s 11% pay increase for MPs includes:

  • a salary of £74,000 in 2015, indexed to average earnings in the whole economy thereafter;
  • a new pension on a par with those in other parts of the public service, saving the taxpayer millions;
  • scrapping out-of-touch “resettlement payments” worth tens of thousands of pound per MP and introducing more modest, modern redundancy packages, available only to those who contest their seat and lose; and
  • a tighter regime of business costs and expenses – ending the provision for things such as evening meals.

They are spinning hard by throwing expenses into the mix so overall they can say money is being saved. On pay alone this is a net cost of £500,000 a year….

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Third of MPs Earn Between 400% to 700% of Average Earnings

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First the facts and figures; MPs are paid a handsome £66,396 plus another £14,582 if they chair one of the 39 Select Committees. If they number among the 169 MPs who are ministers they also receive extra payments to compensate them for the burdens of the Red Box. If they make it to Cabinet they add an additional £68,827 – more than doubling their MP’s salary to £134,565. In short whereas the basic pay of an MP is more than triple the average £19,000 income of UK workers, almost a third of MPs are earning between 4 and 7 times average earnings. This is of course before any outside earnings are taken into account.

Read the rest of The Thunderer

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Labour Plea to Hodge Over Joan Ryan
Local Party Complain to HQ Over Expenses Piggy Candidate

If one can judge an expenses piggy by the company she keeps, it’s telling that Joan Ryan’s friends in high places include Tom Watson and Margaret Hodge. Ryan has even tapped up Hodge to write to residents in Enfield North, Hodge helpfully describes her as “a great campaigner with strong values” and ” a first-rate MP”. Obviously forgetting that she was kicked out last time after claiming £4,500 for work on her second home and having to pay back over £5,000 in mortgage interest. Now former Enfield Labour leader Jeff Rodin has pleaded with Hodge to withdraw her endorsement in a letter seen by Guido:

“All the good work that has been done by the Labour Borough Campaign Team in raising the profile and standing of Labour in the whole of Enfield would be undermined by the selection of Joan Ryan… Of the 5 candidates, it is my view that she is the one whose selection would most please the current Conservative MP and his campaign Team, and also would be most likely to damage the prospects for Labour in the Borough both for the 2014 Local Election as well as the next General Election… I have no doubt that there is more that the Conservatives plan to reveal if she is selected.”

As if that were not enough, local Labour councillors Derek Levy, Don McGowan and Ozzie Uzoanya are complaining to the party’s head office accusing Ryan of sending “misleading” leaflets to constituents. “Such behaviour is unacceptable as it is misleading to members. We will be notifying Labour Party Head Office”, they say.

Selection is on Sunday. The knives are out…

See also: Labour Accuse Candidate of ‘Tower Hamlets-Style’ Stitch UpTom Watson Fingered Over Plotting DinnerVoters Warn Labour Expenses Piggy Not to RunLabour Expenses Piggy Tries to Run Again.

Monday, June 17, 2013

£120 Billion of Government Waste: The Worst Offenders

The TPA’s new Bumper Book of Government Waste outlines £120 billion of savings, £4,500 for each household in Britain. Which by no coincidence is almost exactly the same as the current budget deficit. These are some of the worst offenders.

William Hague’s taxpayer-funded snake stuffing is a classic…

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Exclusive: Energy Ctte Dismissed Sir Robert Smith Shell Conflict

When the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee met in the Thatcher Room this morning, Yeo was “strongly questioned” and the Tories on the committee made it clear to him in no uncertain terms that if he had coached a witness there was no way back for him. Guido understands that Labour members demanded his immediate resignation.

A source in the room tells Guido:

“I don’t know where the Lilley story came from, it was never going to be him. He’s the most junior committee member in terms of tenure. Robert is the most senior and he has always acted as chair in the past when Tim has been absent. He is quite popular on the committee, and seen as a steady pair of hands.”

Interestingly, Guido’s source confirms that there was “a brief discussion” regarding Sir Robert’s potential conflict of interest from his Shell shareholdings, though “the committee agreed that as he is the natural interim chair” that there was  “no suggestion he’s ever done anything wrong” so “should step up in this case.”  The committee have replaced one conflicted chairman with another, though Sir Robert Smith’s case pales in comparison with the sums Yeo was getting away with. Just because you declare a conflict of interest, it does not mean it goes away. That should be Yeo’s lasting legacy…

Friday, June 7, 2013

Mercer Feared Guido Would Get Him Again
Wet Blanket Standards Commissioner Least of Crook’s Worries

As disgraced cash-for-questions Tory Patrick Mercer plotted his dodgy Fiji deal, there was one thing concerning him above all else:

“Do you know the website Guido Fawkes? Guido Fawkes will be all over this. Like a dose of clap. He really will. Trying to find out where the corruption is in it.”

He wasn’t worried about being caught by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, he was worried about Guido. This blog uncovered Mercer at it with lobbyists in 2011, when he took £10,000 from a security company and sponsored a pass for its Managing Director. The authorities did nothingThe warning signs were there, the complaint went in, but the corruption continued…

By the admission of a crooked MP, the rules are so weak that an Honourable Member thinking of taking cash for questions or selling amendments to lobbyists dismisses the threat of reprimand. Guido and the rest of the free press are the only ones guarding the guardians. As someone, somewhere once said: sunlight is the best disinfectant…

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Deadline Day For MPs’ Expenses Claims Today
Happy Tax Freedom Day!

Are you an Honourable Member yet to get his or her money’s worth from the taxpayer this year? Fancy an iPad, laptop, or maybe if you’re feeling particularly piggy a cosy little rent-swap this Thursday morning? There are just a few hours left for greedy MPs who have left it late to submit expenses claims for this financial year. Guido’s source in IPSA is expecting a fair few claims to come in on deadline day, so it isn’t going to be a cheap one for the taxpaying public. Fill your boots.

Ironically, today is also the ASI’s Tax Freedom Day. This means that for the average citizen, today is the day you start to actually keep the money you earn; everything you have made so far this year went to the state in tax. Perfect timing.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Former Prime Mentalist’s £1.37 Million Income Spin

Embarrassingly, the Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath has been found to be Parliament’s top outside earner, in absentia. The Guardian reports, sympathetically:

“Gordon Brown earned more than £1.37m from giving speeches around the world. Brown said the income supported an office that he uses to “support my ongoing involvement in public life”, with £600,000 going to charity and none of the money to him personally.”


That line again.

Leaving aside that no evidence is offered up for these charitable donations, the cost of a few staffers and some flights around the world does not cover the other half million. Either it has been paid down to Gordon or Sarah somehow, or it’s all just sitting there in the “Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown” bank accounts, meaning Gordon’s direct income from speaking is not being taxed as direct income. It’s dishonest either way.

UPDATE: Always happy to help, Guido pointed out the Metro’s incorrect headline:

Wouldn’t want Gordon’s spin catching on…

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Greediest of Them All?

Labour haven’t yet been stupid enough to select expenses piggy Joan Ryan as their candidate in Enfield North, though the LibDems really do need to take a look at themselves. They have reselected shamed trougher Richard Younger-Ross, who was kicked out as MP for Teignbridge (now Newton Abbot) in 2010 after infamously claiming £1,235 for four mirrors to furnish his London flat. He also bought a £1,100 stereo system, a £1,475 chest of drawers and a £500 ‘Don Juan’ bookcase with taxpayers’ money. Sure that will reflect well on voters when he knocks on doors in 2015…


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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