The Mail thinks Tony McNulty could be suspended from parliament for using his expense claims to house his parents in a second home in his Harrow constituency only 11 miles from Westminster and 4 miles from the home he and his £225,000 a year quangocrat wife live in. On past performance Guido is not so sure. The Committee on Standards and Privileges has so far administered only the gentlest of slaps on the wrist to the Wintertons and Jacqui Smith, both beneficiaries of £100,000 plus scams. Guido has almost given up hope of porcine politicians being ordered to repay their ill-gotten gains. Do the punishments really deter the crimes?
Another Sunday, another Sunday Times revelation of a peer pretending not tol live mainly in London.
A close friend of the prime minister who lives with her husband in a £1.5m house in London has claimed £230,000 in expenses by saying a flat in Glasgow is her main home. Baroness Goudie, a Labour donor and fundraiser, has lived since childhood in London where her two sons grew up and her husband works as a leading barrister. However, the baroness tells the Lords her main address is 400 miles away in a Glasgow apartment block. A close neighbour said she had not seen Goudie there for some time.
With the Lords establishment ruling that the Sunlight Centre’s complaint against Lord Rennard could not be upheld, because the Lords had no definition of main residence, Guido is sceptical that a penny will ever be repaid by Lords for lying about their main residence. So far not one single penny has been shamed out of these troughers of the realm.