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If Two Boys Get Four Years For “Attempting” To Organise a Riot On Facebook,

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How Long Does Gerald Kaufman Get For “Attempting” To Claim £8000 For A TV?

The Daily Telegraph

By Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter

7:00AM BST 16 May 2009

The former environment minister was asked to attend a meeting with officials from the parliamentary fees office to discuss details of another claim relating to £28,834 of work on the kitchen and bathroom at his London flat.

He told them that the work was necessary because he was “living in a slum”, though his second home, off Regent’s Park, is in one of the most fashionable areas of the capital. He was eventually reimbursed for £15,329.

On one occasion he asked a civil servant “why are you querying these expenses?” and on another threatened to make a complaint unless a dispute was settled by noon on the day in question. In one document, an official in the fees office noted that invoices Sir Gerald had submitted took him to “within 6p” of his annual limit. He also claimed £1,262 for a gas bill that was £1,055 in credit.

Between 2001 and 2008 the Manchester Gorton MP, one of the Labour party’s longest-serving members, claimed a total of £115,109 in additional costs allowances on his London flat, which he owns outright. In June 2006, he submitted a claim for three months’ expenses totalling £14,301.60, which included £8,865 for a Bang & Olufsen Beovision 40in LCD television.

Full story.

Written by Peter Reynolds

August 18, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Banker Robbers Supreme At The Court Of Contempt

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In an outrageous and disgraceful judgment the supreme court (no more capital “S” or “C” from me) has protected our corrupt banking institutions from the Office Of Fair Trading.  See the full story here.

Stupid Old Fools

The supreme court had the opportunity in one of its first judgments to set itself on the side of the people and justice.  Instead it has shown itself to be on the side of the establishment, the banker robbers and the executive.  If only this would herald the arrival of the tumbrils and guillotine into the streets of London.  Then the bankers and the judges would understand the meaning of injustice as their headless bodies lie in the street and others twitch and dangle from the gallows.

The OFT has been shown to be as toothless and useless as the Data Protection Act and the Information Commissioner.  These institutions are established merely as a sop to public opinion.  The establishment, the banker robbers and the executive have  no interest in justice for the people, only in lining their own pockets and protecting their own interests.  They can lend each other £60 billion or more in secret, deceive the public interest, yet they will not overturn the gross injustice and blatant thievery that are bank charges.

The bankers and the judges molested and buggered each other at Eton and Harrow.  They molested and buggered each other at Oxbridge.  Now incapable, except for a little self-molestation, they are buggering us.  Watch them get away with it as they duck, dive, lie, cheat and bribe their way out of trouble.  It may be difficult to prove the brown envelopes changing hands but what is happening in these judges’ offshore accounts?  We hold you all in the deepest contempt!

Next will come the supreme court overturning Sir Christopher Kelly’s proposal for the reform of MPs’ expenses.  Coming up on the inside is the Iraq Inquiry which will almost certainly see Tony Blair off the hook for lying to Parliament and the people.

It may be difficult to contemplate revolution in the modern age but in 1789 Paris and 1917 Moscow that was their modern age.  The establishment needs to understand that its conduct is unacceptable, that with the gift of the internet and communications technology, the people have far more power. You are walking a tightrope towards your own destruction.

Where Are The Police – Again?

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Mob Rule

Mob Rule

In one of the most tightly policed locations in the country a mob is allowed to shout down, assault and drive off Nick Griffin, the new BNP MEP without any police intervention?   See the full story here.

I am very, very frightened by this.  Much more so than by the election of a couple of idiots to a stage where they will be able to make even bigger fools of themselves.

Sir Paul Stephenson! Are you a man or a mouse, a police officer or a political servant?

Man Or Mouse?

Man Or Mouse?

You seem to act under ruling party political direction when it is unnecessary – Damian Green.  You fail to act when it is crucial – banker robbers, MPs expenses, police violence and today’s blatant blind eye.

MPs Evading Justice

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Maccartoon

So are we supposed to be surprised that Gordon Brown is still clinging by his fingernails to the architrave at the door of number 10?  They couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery, an orgy in an whorehouse or a coup in the Labour Party.  Why?  Because they all have nothing  but their own interests at heart.  Their last year in office, their pensions, their resettlement grants.  These are not men.  They are manipulative, morally microscopic mice.

Phwooaar! Gerrumorrf darlin'!

Phwooaar! Gerrumorrf darlin'!

Plod PR, the go-getting communications agency, wholly owned by the police with exclusively the police as clients summoned all its collective intelligence and wisdom to determine that last Friday, the day after the European and local elections would be a busy news day, a perfect occasion to bury their cowardly, disgraceful announcement that MPs will not be prosecuted.

In fact, the expenses scandal has now morphed into an excuse for poor performance in the elections.  This is a triumph of misinformation over truth.  Over the weekend, we were asked to sympathise over the “assault on MPs about their expenses”.  If what has happened has constitued assault then my feeling is that it’s time for some GBH with intent.

Everything has now been re-geared to enable them all to get away with it.  Perhaps even more worrying is that this marks a new development in the politicisation of the police.  Increasingly the police are being used to support and enforce the whim of government,  irrespective of the law or justice.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance is still chasing down MPs (see here) but what has happened to the Telegraph?  Have they had a visit in the middle of the night from the police or have big, fat, brown envelopes been distributed around Telegraph Towers – or both?

Jim Knight, Jiminy Cricket.

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Jiminy Cricket

Do The Right Thing Jim!

Jim Knight told the Dorset Echo: “…at no time has he given me tax advice on my personal affairs…”.

But Jim! Jim! Jiminy Cricket, conscience of the world! Jim!

The bill that you claimed for said “…in connection with your personal tax affairs”.  Jim, Jim, Jiminy Cricket, the game is up!

Jim Knightlong

Jim Knight MP, Scumbag Thief

Written by Peter Reynolds

May 26, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Jim Knight – The Scumbag Thief Of Dorset

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So I learned today that my own MP, Jim Knight, the Schools Minister, has his snout in the trough too.

He is one of several MPs who have claimed and been paid for tax advice from Dennis Bates, ex-Inland Revenue employee and wife of Labour MP, Meg Munn.  Mr Bates’ bill to Jim Knight explicitly stated “professional services in connection with your personal tax affairs”.

Scumbag Thief

Scumbag Thief

No reasonable person can believe that claiming such an expense is legitimate.  I have therefore written today to the Chief Constable of Dorset, Martin Baker, making a complaint of dishonesty.  I take no pleasure in this.  I regard it as my duty.

Jim Knight states on his own website on the subject of MPs expenses: “…more serious abuses must be referred to the police and action taken that matches any other employment and any other citizen…”

Let us see what happens.

Is “Unacceptable” Acceptable From Cabinet Ministers?

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I could almost feel sorry for Gordon on this one because as much as he wriggles, he isn’t going to get away.  He has said that Hazel Blears’ conduct in flipping her second home to save £13,000 CGT was unacceptable.  She has to go.

She Has To Go

She Has To Go

Talking about the “rules” isn’t good enough when they are clearly inadequate.  The guidelines say that expenses may only be charged when incurred “wholly, exclusively and necessarily in the course of parliamentary duties”.   That standard should now be applied as the rule.  So, Gordon, your Sky subscription including sports channels, fails that test.  A reasonable claim would be for half of the cost.

In your own interests, as well as that of Parliament and the country, there are cabinet ministers and senior Labour MPs who have to go.

Written by Peter Reynolds

May 19, 2009 at 5:08 pm