Saturday, May 09, 2009

More from the expenses blockbuster

The Telegraph is going to milk this for as long as possible, obviously, and so it has released some more dribs and drabs of the outrageous expenses claims today.
  • Barbara Follett, the multi-millionaire Tourism Minister, claimed for private security patrols outside her London home costing more than £25,000. The parliamentary fees office, which is supposed to monitor claims, warned Mrs Follett that her claims may appear "excessive" if made public, but she was not deterred, saying she felt unsafe in Soho after being mugged.

Really? My brother got mugged and had his nose broken two weeks ago: is it OK if he hires a personal bodyguard and charges the bill to you, Follett? Is that OK? No? Then why the fuck do you think that you can bill us for your private security?

Next up, it's one of Labour's most well-known crooks...
  • Keith Vaz, the former minister who now chairs the Home Affairs select committee, bought and furnished a flat in central London at taxpayers' expense despite living just 12 miles away with his wife in a £1.15 million property. He claimed more than £75,000 for the flat.

    Mr Vaz also changed his designated second home for a single year to a property he owns in his Leicester constituency. During this year – 2007-08 – he claimed £1,000 for a table and chairs, £750 on new carpets, and £2,614 for a pair of leather armchairs. He also claimed for 22 cushions, including 17 made from silk costing £15 each. During the course of the year he rented out his London flat.

  • Margaret Moran, the Labour MP for Luton, spent £22,500 of taxpayers' money treating dry rot at her and her husband's seaside house 100 miles from her constituency – days after switching her "second home" there.

    The parliamentary authorities were concerned that the work broke the "spirit" of the rules. However, the MP's claim was not blocked. Miss Moran's expenses appear to be among the most questionable of any MP.

    Over four years she also spent thousands of pounds on three separate properties, switching between Westminster, Luton and Southampton and renovating each home in turn.

  • Phil Hope, the Care Services Minister, has spent more than £37,000 on refurbishing and furnishing a modest two-bedroom flat in south London.

  • Ben Bradshaw, the Health Minister, switched the designation of his second home to a property he shares with his partner in west London. Although the couple initially split the mortgage costs, Mr Bradshaw now claims the entire interest bill on the property – despite owning only half the property.

  • Phil Woolas, the Home Office Minister, claimed for items of women's clothing, tampons and nappies. The parliamentary rules only allow expenses which are "exclusively" for MPs' own use so it is not clear these items were justified.

What? They weren't "within the rules"? Well, fuck me: that really is a surprise.
  • Barry Gardiner, the former environment minister, made a profit of almost £200,000 after buying a Westminster flat and claiming thousands of pounds to renovate the property. Mr Gardiner's main home is only eight miles from Parliament.

And, lest the Tories think that they are going to get away with all of this...
  • Greg Barker, the shadow climate change minister, made £320,000 after buying a flat with the help of taxpayers' money, and selling it after only 27 months. He is the first senior Tory to become embroiled in the expenses row, but details of other prominent Conservatives will be disclosed in coming days.

Oh dear, this is going to be slightly embarrassing for Mr Buttered New Potato...

Still, you have to hand it to these cunts: they have chutzpah. One must admit that it takes a colossal amount of balls to write this to the Fees Office after they have rejected your claim...
One former Labour minister said: "I object to your decision not to reimburse me for the costs of purchasing a baby's cot for use in my London home... perhaps you might write to me explaining where my son should sleep next time he visits me in London?"

Well, he could sleep in a cot—that you have bought (yes, just like everyone else does) out of your £63,000 salary, you fucking skinflint cunt. Fucking hellski...

All of this is tremendously amusing, but I still haven't seen any of those suicides that we were promised? Can I get front row seats...?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Vaz is a well known criminal - I saw that first hand when my company sponsored an event at the House of Commons and he tried to claim more money from us than had been agreed by our Chairman - complete fucking crook.

Mitch said...

It seems none of them spend their salary on "living" expenses must be for drugs and hookers.

dalesman said...

What the hell do these people spend their salary on?

Plato said...

Mr DK - do you ever sleep??

ConstantlyFurious said...

Come on Stevenage - here's why you need to chuck Barbara out. Call for a by-election now.

Gareth said...

The excuse for the claim of a cot - that is the welfare entitlement culture to a tee that runs rich through the veins of this country. MPs are nothing more than benefit fraudsters and income tax cheats. It is 'their right' to claim for anything and everything until the Fees Office says no, and the Fees Office rarely say no.

Rob said...

The BBC report on this mentions the "not broken any rules" thing seven times, though to be fair four of them are quotes. Still, the BBC is fighting desperately to save their chums in the government.

I want the BBC to quote someone saying that the 'rules' are obviously completely useless.

CryBaby said...

I'm gonna demand this Vaz mofo fucking returns all these goods back to the taxpayer.

They belong to us!

Morag said...

Perhaps there should be a new rule that all expense claims should be transparent and anyone found to be breaking not just the letter of the rules but also the spirit of the rules is disbarred from political life. Ever.

Nick said...

A person is guilty of theft if: he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it.

Reference: Section 1 of the Theft Act 1968.

Whilst they may have their own rules for what they can claim for, I would suggest that the level of dishonesty involved here amounts to theft from the public purse.

Islander said...

I have to object slightly to the outrage against whoever claimed for the cot.
If my employer asked me to work in london part time, then I would fucking well claim for a cot, and the childcare in a london nursery to look after my sprog whilst I was at work there. They would be “wholly, exclusively and necessarily” incurred during the course of employment. What else do I do with a child?
Apart from the obvious fraud, most of the outrage seems to be against MPs just taking the piss. Its fine to claim for a cot for your child whilst you are working away from home. Its NOT fine to claim for a £2,000 cot for it, when Mothercare sell one for £150.



ps, wv glumill. Just how I'm feeling. Are you sure you don't set these up?