On Wednesday, the PCC dismissed Baldry’s complaint.
The 55-year-old peace protester is about to become Britain’s most wanted man, the first target of new legislation. Blunkett is to outlaw “permanent encampments” outside Parliament as well as the use of megaphones. The measure will be included in legislation establishing the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the FBI-style body that ministers allege is needed to fight gangsters, the specific law against Mr Haw’s activities is a desperate last resort. Westminster Council was the first to try to evict him, but its injunction was thrown out by a judge who ruled that the peace protester was not an obstruction. The Speaker and the Commons Procedure Committee also admit that Mr Haw’s rights to protest could not be over-ridden by medieval statutes guaranteeing MPs safe passage in the streets of Westminster.
Sir George Young MP has ranted that terrorists could hide behind the peace protester’s banners and “pick us off as we arrive at or leave the House”. (What a sensible thought, the terrorists could camouflage themselves as a poster, the 50 or so security cameras and idle policemen would never spot them.) No other democracy would allow “this shanty town” in the middle of the its capital he said.
Mr Haw rightly says “It’s my right to be here. It is my life to be here … all the lords and ladies opposite bleating away as if I had found a loophole in the law that entitles me to be here. Yes. It is called the Human Rights Act.” I detest Brian Haw, his messy protest and everything he stands for, but I think he has every right to protest. What is the point of fighting a war on terror if it costs us our freedoms?
Guido thinks the terms ‘our bosses’ or ‘the taxpayers’ have a better ring to them. Not that I like to be addressed by or even mix with politicians and such vermin. Just a week to go, fireworks…. this time… you’ll see…
Jamesw is on £5,685.15, jamesgraham £4,849.62, Guido Fawkes £4,451.71, spicer has a respectable £3,476.24. The rest of you don’t seem to have grasped the necessity to day-trade rather than invest and hold.
Recess Monkey on £878.40 emails to point out that his site gives the most referrals to here and tell me he is “getting bored with Polidex – largely because I’m so crap at it.” OK my parliamentary primate, I get the hint. Shhhsh, here’s the tip – don’t tell anyone else or there will be a scandal – David Cameron, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, is a buy today…. nudge, nudge, wink, wink…
1. Create a “new folder” on your computer.
2. Name it “Tony Blair”.
3. Send it to the trash.
4. Empty the trash.
5. Your computer will ask you: “Do you really want to get rid of
6. Answer calmly, “Yes”, and press the mouse button firmly.
I hope the good-for-nothing lazy pen pushers stay on strike indefinitely, popular support for a strike by Inland Revenue staff would be massive. I often wish they would cut off my government for non-payment of taxes in the same way that they cut off my phone when I don’t pay the bill…
Mr Howarth was first elected as the Conservative MP for Stratford in 1983 but crossed the floor to Labour in 1995 due to Tory “indifference to the plight of the poor and neglect of public services.” He was elected Labour MP for Newport East in 1997 and served as Minister for Employment & Disabled People as well as Minister for the Arts.
Guido doesn’t know if Howarth was sincere when he crossed over, or just ambitious having realised Labour were going to be in power for some time. He didn’t really get anywhere and he was hardly missed by the Tories.
This handy graphic from the Currant Bun makes the situation clear. Labour MPs are pigging out and Britain’s costliest MP and biggest burden on the taxpayer is Labour’s Claire Curtis-Thomas – the scrounging scouser, representing Crosby on Merseyside, pocketed £168,889 in expenses last year.
Now you can believe that travel costs for Scottish MPs would be higher – if they choose not to let the train take the strain with their free travel warrants – claiming that oh so generous mileage allowance. But Andrew Dismore in Hendon must travel by helicopter – London’s most expensive MP drew £147,650 in expenses last year on top of his salary of £54,725. Nevertheless his attendance record is pretty poor, despite being a London MP he manages to come in the bottom half of attendees, missing a third of all votes. The 35 minute journey on the Tube would cost £20 a week if he came in every day – which he clearly doesn’t – so for the period parliament sits it would cost around £700 – yet his travel expenses are £4,959. The London Evening Standard says the Labour member for Hendon pushed up his total by spending £38,755 on stationery and postage – six times more than most colleagues – equivalent to the cost of 133,320 second class stamps, or about 800 letters every day the Commons was sitting – two per year to each of his north London constituents. His other job? An ambulance chasing personal injury lawyer, so Guido looks forward to the contemptible Dismore’s writ. I don’t believe his expense claims are accurate, but we would all love to hear him justify himself. The Tories forced Michael Trend to stand down when he was caught fiddling his expenses, since it requires a 9% swing to get Dismore out of Hendon, the only hope is that the Labour party does the same.
Not all Labour MPs tax us and spend like sailors in port – Dennis Skinner is the best value for money MP by a long way – and he is a diligent tribune of the people, how does he do it? Kate Hoey was the best value for money London MP.
You can download the list of expenses here. Guido will be returning to this subject again and again…
“Busted are my favourite band. Previously, I was considering voting for the Lib Dems, but now I will vote Tory. They’ve really changed my mind.”