Thursday, 18 October 2012

MPs thrust snouts back into trough

Several words re-occur frequently in the comments on the Telegraph's piece on a new expenses scam that MPs and the Squeaker are trying to keep quiet; 'scum' and 'thieves' are among the more printable. Their expenses claims are back up to pre-scandal level, but thanks to new secrecy rules we no longer have access to the details of all those duck islands, grapefruit bowls and plasma TVs. 

At a time when public perceptions of politicians are at a nadir, when as a class they are loathed more greatly than ever before, come proposals to increase their wedge by 50%. Cameron is also reportedly dangling the prospect of 'state' funding (there is no such thing - it's taxpayer funding) to the bankrupt LibDems. What is it with their cavalier attitude to our money? What do they imagine gives them the right to secure their own enrichment from our hard-earned incomes? 

Perhaps they simply don't believe that public patience will finally snap. The comments in the Telegraph demonstrate that our patience is wearing dangerously thin; it's almost past time for them to really listen, and really understand.   

8 comments:

Barnacle Bill said...

They've got us by the short and curlies, what can we do - legally of course!

Anonymous said...

I see that as of 11:27 on the 18th, 104 MPs have voted for secrecy...which is totaly eclipsed by the 7900 other who voted for transparency.

Coney Island

Demetrius said...

Back in the 19th Century MP's were not paid, but depended on their private fortunes from rich families or subsidy from others. As almost all of them at present also have these advantages there is no need to pay them anything.

anon 2 said...

The problem is that they've re-written history and so don't know what inevitably happens to Robber Barons. Or, they think they're safe so long as they don't let history tell the People what we can do to Robber Barons.....

Meanwhile, not knowing that their real job is to represent the People of Britain, they act out the "modern" and "virtual" job of Governors. That requires them to represent the euSSR for whom they rubber-stamp edicts and collect taxes. Having got so good at tax-collecting, why shouldn't they take a bigger cut for themselves?

How much more european can they get? And we're daft enough to let them keep on keeping on..... Or so the updated game-narrative would have them believe.

Budgie said...

If they just filched their expenses but did their jobs properly it would not be so bad. But government departments waste tens of billions (I have experience of one, and the rest look similarly incompetent). And the MPs and Ministers have rings run round them by the scheming civil servants whilst the politicos look gormlessly on with a smirk on their features.

Anonymous said...

This shows who the true workshy scroungers really are.

banned said...

They are probably banking on we plebs being so agitated by Savilegate that we won't notice.

Never mind, the Telegraph has the bit between its teeth.

Johnm said...

Until another story comes along..
Meanwhile, with no firearms, not many other weapons, and a hostile police service and army....we are to overthrow the political conspiracy that rules the country (whoever is in power).
Mmmm. I think I see the hole in your plan...