It seems, via The Ranting King Penguin, that Tony McNulty has been happily fleecing the taxpayer for all that he is worth. And yes, it's the second homes scam again.
Senior Labour minister Tony McNulty has admitted claiming £60,000 of expenses on his parents' home.
The employment minister is the latest MP to be caught claiming the Common's controversial "additional costs allowance" for a property that is not strictly his home.
Mr McNulty lives with his wife Christine Gilbert in a house she owns in Hammersmith, three miles from Westminster. Yet the minister has been claiming up to £14,000 a year in parliamentary expenses to help pay for another house he owns in Harrow, 11 miles from the Commons, in which his parents live.
Mr McNulty accepted that his use of taxpayers' money for the property looked odd.
Looks "odd"? "Odd"?
It doesn't look "odd", you disgusting shithole: it looks like you have been defrauding the taxpayer—and that most certainly isn't "odd" amongst you and your heinously corrupt colleagues. As far as I can see, stealing the product of our toil is pretty much par for the fucking course amongst you sacks of shit.
The MP can claim the money because the house is in his Harrow constituency and so qualifies him for the second home allowance.
Except that Harrow is in London and so he should not be entitled to claim a second home; his house is in fucking London for fuck's sake! And the expenses system is not there to pay for your fucking parents to live the high life, you hideous, corrupt little fuck.
After the arrangement was disclosed by the Mail on Sunday this weekend, Mr McNulty announced that he had decided to stop claiming the money, which he has benefited from since becoming an MP in 1997.
As far as I am concerned, this is an admission of guilt: if you were doing nothing wrong, then why have you decided to stop this arrangement now that it has been exposed?
And he said that all 131 MPs for constituencies in the south east of England who live within commuting distance of Westminster should not claim the allowance.
You fucking hypocrite, McNulty: how dare you? How fucking dare you?
Mr McNulty, who is also Minister for London, said: "There are senior shadow frontbench figures who live five miles further away from Westminster than me who claim the lot."
So? So fucking what? Two wrongs—or 646 wrongs—do not make a right. If there are others claiming this allowance when they should not, let's expose them too. But it does not excuse your fraud, you fucking shit.
At a time when your boss, that one-eyed Scottish idiot, is telling us that "markets must have morals", you bunch of thieving shysters are busy scamming the taxpayer for as much as you can get. And it's not as though you are even filling your boots in recognition that you are shortly to be decimated in a general election: you, McNulty, have been carrying on this fraud for twelve. Fucking. Years.
At £14,000 per year, that means that you have defrauded the taxpayer to the tune of some £168,000. To put that in perspective, McNulty, it would take someone on the minimum wage—those poor workers whom you claim to represent—over fourteen years to earn just the money that you have unfairly claimed for this one allowance. Except that you pay no tax on your allowances, do you, Tony? Unlike the poor bastards on the minimum wage who pay income tax on earnings over five and a half grand, and NICs even before that.
And how many other scams are you running, eh?
Why isn't this man in prison? And why aren't Jacqui Smith and Alastair Darling also rotting in some filthy cell?
Between them, these three ministers have scammed hundreds of thousands of pounds of our money: they have defrauded the taxpayer and, it seems, that they will escape without even a slap on the wrist. Why? Why are they not in court?
These bastards deserve to be fucking hanged.
IN OTHER NEWS: a couple who defrauded the taxpayer of a mere £40,000 go to clink. Truly, it's one rule for the law-makers and another for the proles. They must all hang: all of the looters, the moochers and the corrupt. Hang. Them. All.
UPDATE: Guido elaborates on the changing rules...
Guido wants to remind readers that the parliamentary committee set up to review the system—following repeated exposure of MPs defrauding the taxpayers—is recommending that the rules be changed to make the fiddle permissable. MPs deciding MPs should continue to be able to get away with ripping off the taxpayers. They really do like to stick their snouts in the taxpayer’s trough and crap it out on the public.
When the cash-for-honours spree was coming up, Guido was trying to raise money for a private prosecution. I'm not sure that that was ever going to happen, but could we not bring a private prosecution against some of these cunts? Their frauds are quite blatant, and surely illegal. And besides, there is a moral question at stake: if we, the defrauded, do not use the law to prosecute those who steal our money, then what is the point of the law?
If Guido will not do it, your humble Devil is tempted. Would any lawyers out there care to email and give me some guidance on whether such a prosecution would be feasible, and how much it might cost?