Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Tom Watson: trougher

I'm a bit late in picking up this story, but Tom Watson MP and his family appear to be suckling at the taxpayer teat somewhat.
Last year Watson pocketed his £60,000 salary and his parliamentary expenses amounted to £150,000-plus – bringing his total package to £211,000 - making him the 73rd highest claiming MP out of 646 MPs. Quite an achievement for an MP not claiming for travel to and from Scotland. He of course employs his wife Siobhan at the public's expense, his brother, Dan, is constituency director to Euro MP Michael Cashman, Dan Watson's wife, Joanna, has no fewer than three jobs. Like her husband, she also works for Mr Cashman and for Wolverhampton Labour MP Pat McFadden, yet still finds time to be a Labour councillor in Sandwell. Amy Watson, cousin of Tom and Dan, works for Birmingham Northfield Labour MP Richard Burden. The West Midlands constituency Labour Party offices are packed with Watsons...

The total annual cost to the taxpayer of the Watson family's five not-so-little piggies is in excess of £300,000.

Indeed. Given that our parliament is stuffed to the gills with corruption, is anyone surprised? And, if Guido is to be believed, this is far from being the end of the matter.
Well Guido has some news coming folks... this is as they say "a developing story".

This should be fun...

2 comments:

thud said...

The downward spiral in the publics belief in our politicians continues...when we reach the bottom where do we go next..should be interesting.

Tim said...

Credit to you for at least snipping the 'Conway' comparison.

And to think what a sensitive flower Staines is when he thinks he's ben libelled...