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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.

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May 19, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Wholly, Exclusively And Necessarily

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If your expenses do not pass that test then you have broken the rules.  It’s black and white.  Forget the background, the explanation, that you deserve a bigger salary, how busy you were at the time,  saying you were only obeying the rules (“orders” in the Nuremberg defence).  All these miscreant MPs must be brought to account and if the police are not going to have the courage to take the necessary steps then some other method must be devised by which to bring these cheats before the courts.

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May 14, 2009 at 10:14 pm