Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I'll believe it when I see it

On the first day of Christmas (ish), my true love gave to me: six thieving bastards, six prosecutions and siiiiiiiiix prison sentences. Six massive fines, six chastened crooks and a drink to celebrate each.

Oh, clockwise from top left: Lord Clarke of Hampstead, Baroness Uddin, Lord Hanningfield, Elliot Morley, David Chaytor, Jim Devine.

Your humble Devil is cautiously overjoyed to see that a number of MPs and peers are, apparently, in the frame for prosecution.
The Daily Telegraph understands that detectives will imminently pass files on Labour MPs Elliot Morley, David Chaytor and Jim Devine, and peers Baroness Uddin, Lord Hanningfield and Lord Clarke of Hampstead to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Keir Starmer, the country’s top prosecutor, is expected to make a decision on whether to prosecute the politicians as early as January, before a General Election.

The Director of Public Prosecutions will decide whether the MPs and peers face court on counts of fraud, which carries a maximum sentence on conviction of 10 years, or false accounting, for which the maximum penalty is up to seven years.

Police and criminal lawyers are confident that charges will be brought.

Personally, I am less confident but, nevertheless, I really hope that we do get to see badly-rendered sketches of these fuckers in court, being prosecuted for fraud.

I have to say that I reckon that the true number of MPs and Lords actually being referred to the CPS should be about ten times this number, but it is good to see some progress being made—pour encourager les autres.

These bastards should be prosecuted with the full force of the law and the harsher their punishments, the louder my laughter will be.

P.S. Your humble Devil has written a couple of comments about Baroness Uddin.

UPDATE: as the Lone Voice points out, it would be most amusing were the newly extended Proceeds of Crime Act used to freeze their bank accounts and confiscate every possession that they own (amongst other things, with no income or assets, these thieving scum wouldn't be able to afford to hire a good defence lawyer).

That would really give these bastards a taste of their own medicine...


Sir Henry Morgan said...

DK - give us all a treat ... an in-depth fisking of the Queen's speech.

You're good at that sort of thing.

It's not as if there isn't plenty in there to fisk.


Pretty please?

Lord Blagger said...

Queens speech? What's there to fisk? It't devoid of content.

Now on to the thieves.

The question is why just these 6. What have they done that's different from the others?

There is a triage going on. Those that are safe. Those that go, and those in the middle.

There has been a calculation that if X goes, then Y will go, so we can't prosecute/investigate X.

There must be something that distiguishes these 6.

They can't be done for no receipts. They can be done for fake receipts.

The can be done for claiming without mortgages.

What they also can be done, all those who have repaid cash, is fraud on the grounds they created a false document when they said "Wholly and necessary" and signed it. That is fraud and they have admitted it.

They also need to pay the tax on the interest free loan for the overclaim, or pay the interest. No declaration of receiving a past valuable benefit is tax evasion.

The interesting part, can we get the cancer to spread to the other guilty MPs


Gawain Towler said...

Maybe after Tom Wise got sent down the CPS might actually do something here. They have tasted politicos blood after all.

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