Sion Simon MP has blown tomorrow’s Telegraph splash about the fact he paid his sister £40,000 rent out of his parliamentary allowances. Simon has announced he will be paying back twenty thousands pounds of this rent that he claimed after the rule banning renting from family came into force. He gave the exclusive to his local paper in a severely unsubtle damage limitation move. Thomas Legg has ruled that all family deals since 2004 are tainted, hence why Bernard Jenkin got a £63,000 bill so it isn’t exactly clear why Simon isn’t paying back the full amount.
This is a move straight out of the political scoundrels and troughers play-book, along with reporting yourself (after you have been caught a la Hain, Harman et al). It doesn’t really wash, he broke the rules he should pay back the whole £45,000.
Another day, another thieving bastard. Still, I wouldn't normally bother reporting the antics of such a despicable non-entity—or, at least, I wouldn't stir myself in particular—except that I saw his wonderful excuse as reported by the BBC.
He added he only learned that rule had been introduced when the Daily Telegraph contacted him on Thursday.
"Until today, I had no notion that the rules had changed in this way. I would have expected that in the case of a rule change which specifically affected me like this I would have been notified," he said.
Uh-huh: that's what you'd expect, is it?
You know what, Sion? Whenever the government passes a law that might affect me, I think that you should notify me personally. Because otherwise I could claim that I shouldn't be prosecuted because I wasn't... Oh. Wait.
Ignorance of the law is no defence, is it, Sion? No. Now pay back the money, you weaselly little shit, and we'll say no more about it.