According to Iain Dale, Hazel "irritating little chipmunk" Blears—who has decided to cough up the £13,332 equivalent of Capital Gains Tax—was a little teary when interviewed on Sky News.
I'm watching Hazel Blears on Sky News saying that she is going to pay the capital gains tax of £13,332 on her house sale, even though she says it wasn't liable. It was an emotional interview with Sky's Jon Craig and she appeared that she might break down at any moment.
You know, I'd be pretty tearful if I had been caught cheating and then realised that I was going to have to pay £13,332 to the fucking taxman. After all, she must have thought she'd got away with it.
And let's face it, £13,332 is a pretty eye-watering amount of cash to find pronto—certainly, your humble Devil couldn't wave a cheque for £13,332 about and even pretend that I thought that it would be honoured.
But £13,332 seems like peanuts compared to the £41,706 that Phil Hope has pledged to pay back.
Health minister Phil Hope is to repay £41,709 in second home allowances following media revelations.
The Corby MP said he had kept to the rules but stories about his expenses had caused a "massive blow" to his integrity and standing with voters.
He said: "This issue has fundamentally changed the view people have of me and that is something I cannot bear."
To be fair, Mr Hope has said, in the accompaying interview, that it will be difficult to find the money, but I guess that he feels that it is a good investment.
Your humble Devil is glad to see the money being paid back, although I have some reservations. The first is that, believe it or not, I feel slightly sorry for the poor fuckers—the amounts of money are small change to the Exchequer but pretty large for an individual to find.
And the fact is that, as far as your humble Devil was concerned, this was never about the amount of money claimed: it was about the fact that politicians had claimed it in the first place—£2,000 to dredge a moat, for instance, seems pretty reasonable, but Hogg should never have claimed it in the first place.
It is the fact that these fuckers decided that they could—and would—claim for any old crap, not the fact that what they claimed cost £50,000 or 5p. Paying back the money claimed does not actually remedy the fact that trust—and any semblance of personal integrity—has been destroyed.
These buggers will never be trusted again. And, yes, the innocent are being tarred with the same brush. Well, they know what they can do? Publish their expenses, in full, on their websites and then let the general public see that they have not made ridiculous claims.
This might be the right time for your humble Devil to ressurrect his short-lived resource website, honestmps.org...