+++ Hey, lets put cleaning out the castle moat on expenses!!! +++

May 18, 2009 5:40pm CST
Well it is big news in the UK at the moment, how our Members of Parliament (MPs) are racking up the expenses. The Telegraph newspaper has been revealing all. And they have been showing how MPs from all the major parties; Conservative (think Republican), Labour (Democrat) and Liberal Democrats (will say whatever they think will get them elected! - well the name says it!). Normally our HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) (think Internal Revenue) say that a person can only incur expenses necessarily incurred through their occupation. However our political representatives seem to live on another planet. The big one is the 2nd home allowance that they can claim; supposedly if their constituency is far from Parliament - like say Scotland/ Northern England/ Cornwall in South-West England for example. It really is creative accounting taken to the limit as MPs have been playing all sorts of games; doing up properties and claiming the building costs on expenses. "Flipping" their allowances; swapping the second home round with the main residence. Making huge profits out of renovated properties. One MP even claimed for dog food! The biggest joke is, how they were criticizing the bankers, when their snouts were in the trough (apologies to pigs!). . This seems to be developing into a rambling RANT... so I think I will leave it there. So would like to invite YOU to add your thoughts and feelings on this...
3 responses
@suzzy3 (8352)
23 May 09
These politicians really take the biscuit literally I mean.There was one on the tv the other day who said it was none of our business what he spends his money on,well the point is it is not his money ,it is OURS.They all seem to have an excuse like they did not realise what the rules were,or something like that,these people run the country, of course they know, they are not stupid.It makes my blood boil to think they are buying their luxuries on the hard pressed tax payer.We are losing our jobs,schools are falling down.Old people are to frightened to turn the heating on.my goodness what planet do these people live on,of course we are going to be upset and cross.No wonder they all tried to stop the freedom of information act being made public,all those envolved from what ever party should be sacked and honest people employed in government posts from now on.They look down their noses at common people,pretending to put our best interests first.Most of the ones in at the moment are lining their own pockets and treat with contempt those who pay for it.
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29 May 09
Thanks for your thoughtful response, suzzy! Maybe this might wake people up, to look at the personal qualities of whoever it is they are voting for, not just simply their party label. Though some of the smaller parties are quite extreme or a joke, two parties are worth a mention: The Green Party; they have been going many years now, are reasonably well organised, ethical and have wide ranging, well thought out policies (OMG! Hope I'm not sounding too much like a politician myself now)! Then there is Animals Count; which reminds us that there are more than just human considerations in this world of ours. Besides more humane treatment of animals, they also seem to have a good range of other policies and are already established in Holland I think it is. +++ IMHO +++.
@suzzy3 (8352)
3 Jun 09
I think a party that that treats all life humanly would be nice.One politicial spent seven hundred pounds on some thing he should not have,paid it back though,too late for people that have to live on that money each month.He was the chancellor of the exchequer by the way.I am going to vote for the conservatives this time it is vitally important this time to stop the Nazis and people like that getting in!
@savypat (20245)
• United States
19 May 09
It just shows that politics is the same all over the world, Money is the goal. I know many of our new politicians go into office with high values but it doesn't take long for the I'll kiss your behind if you kiss mine corrupts them.
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20 May 09
Hiya Savy, you've summed it up very well. It's true. Even a very ethical party such as the Green Party could be corrupted if they had too much power. And it's never a good sign in an election if one side has a huge majority over the other, because then they start taking their power for granted, making sloppy decisions in the process.
• Indonesia
19 May 09
I think this problem related to how the parliament as a representative who represent the voice of the people can represent and implement what is represented by the people. Which is the problem is the extent to which parliament can represent the people and the interest the people themselve, because in fact the whole parliament in the world is not one that represents the interest of the people, but only represent the interest the people but only represent some of the course, especialy the owner moal. i hope the parliament as a representative voice for the people can realy real meet people in the welfare and justice
20 May 09
Alayubi, a bit of a tongue twister this! If only the electorate would wake up and vote out all these money grabbers; vote for some one like the Green Party, we might be in with a chance of getting the British Parliament on the straight and narrow!