"There are costs, uniquely associated with political life, which others are unlikely ever to face, which are not and never will be met from public funds. Such expenditure continues to arise throughout political life, usually ... without being supported or reimbursed. Political campaigns, by-elections, public functions or conferences, prizes, sponsorships and donations incur costs, not just in hundreds but probably totalling thousands of pounds, from the MP’s own pocket"Of course, all those party members who spend hours, days and weeks delivering leaflets and door-knocking for Beckett without pay, all those who make donations and contribute to prizes cheerfully from their own pockets, all those who pay their own travel and hotel costs to attend a party conference or a public function without thought of reimbursement or personal gain must now be asking if they've all been wasting their time.
This is the twisted and corrupt reasoning of the political class, so blinded by sleaze, avarice and self-entitlement that they've completely lost touch with the world around them. Damn them all to Hell.