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I cannot express how sickened and depressed I feel about the recent revelations of MPs' and Ministers' expenses claims, probably because there's no way in the world that I can have any influence over this load of robber-barons.

How they have the colossal nerve to claim non-taxable and highly fanciful sums for gardening and cleaning, let alone any of their other flights of fancy, which are higher than the yearly State Pension, while at the same time taxing part of it, is totally beyond me.

They can either have absolutely no idea, or more likely couldn't care less about how difficult people find it to manage and how every year the sums paid as pensions and benefits are eroded by the inflation the politicians refuse to acknowledge other than to massage the figures.

But it can't only be people like me who are outraged by their thievery;  people newly on the dole as a result of the gummint's financial fiasco must be feeling sickened and angry too.  People worried about losing their homes because, through no fault of their own, they have been sacked from companies who can no longer afford to employ them, must be thinking about bloody revolution and putting this load of thieves up against the wall in front of a firing squad.  Then there are the self-employed in service industries who are getting no call for their services but who still have to pay for the costs of their business or sink back into unemploymentWhat about the school leavers who are unable to get any kind of employment and who aren't even eligible for Job Seekers' Allowance?

I'm also angry and aggrieved because I know that these conditions will reverse the recent improvement in crime statistics in areas of deprivation and that the people being burgled and mugged will in the main be those self-same people who have come to grief as a result of the government's massive financial failure.

I find it difficult to believe that government has once again allowed itself to be led astray by hubris and a weak grasp of economics so that the ordinary
hard-working families Flash Gordon pretends to espouse and support should once again suffer the problems bought about by a government which wants to control everything yet doesn't understand what it is doing, while they continue riding the gravy train at our expense.

What makes them think that they are such a bargain that it's OK for them to claim on expenses things for two separate homes that many of their constituents
cannot afford for one?  How many massive TV sets can one family watch?

Why do they think it's acceptable to claim enormous sums for "maintenance" of their "second" homes, while I and many other people I know can't even afford to have their leaking roofs mended or to replace draughty windows in their only home.

It's a shame the British people are so placid.  I am surprised that many of us aren't considering dealing with these carpetbaggers as Ceausescu's Romanians dealt with him when they finally realised what he had done to them.

If it were up to me, I wouldn't allow anyone to become a member of Parliament who hadn't spent at least 10 years in gainful employment in commerce or industry, followed by six months trying to survive on such "benefits" as they would be eligible for when suddenly made unemployed at the end of that period.

Sorry about the rant, but keeping it all in is making me ill.

Picks up soap box and walks away sobbing................

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Date: 2009-05-11 06:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nevilley.livejournal.com
Picks up soap box and walks away sobbing................
passes box of tissues and says "hear hear" and "there there"

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Date: 2009-05-11 09:04 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Class rant, there, missus. I especially like the conditions for selection as an MP.

Pay 'em a fair wage by comparison with equivalent levels in industry and then let 'em pay for anything they want with NO expenses.

(Austin)

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Date: 2009-05-11 09:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blackberry44.livejournal.com
Frankly, I think their salaries are more than ample as it is, considering how little work most of them actually do and what supine quivering wrecks of representatives they show themselves to be in their refusal to vote contrary to their party line, whatever their real opinions.

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Date: 2009-05-11 11:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hoiho.livejournal.com
let 'em pay for anything they want with NO expenses

That's rather unfair to MPs (and their consituents) from far-flung locations -- like most of Scotland -- who would them have to bear the cost of frequent, and expensive, travel from their constituencies to Wesminster, plus the costs of accomodation in London. And I'm not aware of any "equivalent .. in industry" post that requires out-of-pocker travel expenses incurred in the line of work to be met from salary.

Or perhaps you like to go back to the days when MPs recived no salary, and only the independently wealthy could afford to be MPs?

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Date: 2009-05-11 11:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] g8bur.livejournal.com
I especially like the conditions for selection as an MP.

Absolutely, except that I'd want 'em to spend longer on a 'benefits-only' income, with no cheating or outside help. At least a year, if not two. Perhaps (PorkAir...) they might then have a bit more consideration for less fortunate folk.

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Date: 2009-05-11 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robrait.livejournal.com
Splendid rant!

What they ought to do now is put all their expenses claims, for the last 7 years into the hands of HMRC who should review them with a strict "wholly, necessarily and exclusively incurred in the performance of their duties as MPs" briefing, as setout in the various Taxes Management Acts.

Then do the greedy bastards on back taxes and penalties for every single penny they have swindled from us taxpayers. Send the worst offenders to court and send in the baliffs if they don't cough up within 30 days.

For the future, give them the same as people in the real world have, 40ppm mileage allowance, £100 pn Hotel allowance (£125 in London) and Max £30 per day for food and other incidentals.

Disallow any MP from claiming ANY expenses if (s)he represents a constituency within Greater London or the Home Counties. Millions of other residents of this area work in London without having the benefit of mega£ expenses claims, so why can't they? Set their primary residence as being in their constituency and disallow any expenses for that property as everyone has to maintain their own home. Tax the bastards on the sale of any property that at any time has been deemed to be a second home, just like they do to the rest of us.

Finally, stop the greedy buggers from voting for their own pay rises and expense allowances. Set them at somewhere around average middle management pay (say £60K pa + allowable expenses as above), and ensure that HMRC use their fine toothed comb on at least 10% of all MPs expenses claims every year.

These buggers have had their noses in the trough for far too long and the crocodile tears I saw on the lunchtime news today don't cut the mustard with me. They are only wanting change cos they've been caught with their grubby little fingers in the till.

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Date: 2009-05-11 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cat63.livejournal.com
By a weird coincidence I was watching "Martin Clunes' Islands of Britain" just before reading this - in that MC visits the Chief Minister of the Isle of Man - who works in his electrical shop on Saturdays...Can't see Gordo Brown doing that somehow, although I think it might do him good.

(And don't apologise for ranting - it's your journal, you can say what you want in it. I hope blowing off steam helped a bit.)

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Date: 2009-05-11 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] incognitas.livejournal.com
I think their pensions and wage increases should go through an independent arbitration panel and that they should clock on and off as well.

I think the last fiscally honest MP, love him or hate him, was Dennis Skinner.

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Date: 2009-05-11 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blackberry44.livejournal.com
I think that clocking on and off would be a splendid idea. I think we would be surprised at how little they do.

I don't think Dennis Skinner was the only MP of his generation to be so honest. Whatever you may think of her, Maggie Thatcher didn't even take the the whole of her PM's salary. You did know that she and Skinner were friends, didn't you?

I really can't imagine Michael Foot, Wedgie Benn, George Brown, Tebbit, William Hague, Michael Howard or Ann Widdecombe with their hands in the till, either.

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Date: 2009-05-13 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hoiho.livejournal.com
I think we would be surprised at how little they do.

I doubt it. All the MPs I know, and have known (who have come from four different parties) work extremely hard - and that's not time spent sitting on their arses on the green benches, either.

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