Sunday, December 20, 2009

A "proppa blagga"

As Guido reported a few days back, "proppa blogga" Sion Simon has fallen foul of expenses rule changes.
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.

Probably.

7 comments:

Mitch said...

How did slime like that get to be an MP?

Prodicus said...

He's Labour. L-A-B-O-U-R. Geddit?

microdave said...

Douglas "The Moat" Hogg M.P. is refusing to pay back £thousands, by quoting The arcane law of "Estoppel" which was introduced by
William The Conqueror!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1237194/Moat-MP-Douglas-Hogg-wont-repay-thousands--Norman-law-bung.html

They really are scraping the bottom of the barrel...

john in cheshire said...

But I thought Labour had abolished all laws prior to 1997. Is this the conservative fight back?

George said...

What the fuck sort of job is "Culture Minister" anyway?

Nick said...

Now pay back the money, you weaselly little shit, and we'll say no more about it.

No we won't. I want the interest to be paid on the ill gotten gains.

It's an interest free loan. It's not a expenses so its taxable.

Either pay the tax or preferably pay the interest back.

Shall we say 10% a year? After all, its what the DWP say pensioners earn on their cash

JVC said...

Rampant blogger and notorious Twitter fiend Sion Simon seems to have fallen off the face of the earth. Interesting chart of his levels of 'interactivity' and 'engagement' since his little difficulty. Funny. http://thequiche.wordpress.com/2009/12/23/still-no-tweeting-from-mr-sion-simon-sionsimon/