PERSONAL, UNDILUTED VIEWS FROM TOM WINNIFRITH
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Oh happy days. The only way that Monday night's Presidential debate can get better is if crooked Hillary has a coughing fit and then another pneumonia induced collapse live on air. And if anything will bring that on it is the now confirmed presence of Gennifer Flowers in the front row. Gennifer who? say the millennials who still think that the Clinton family are not pathological liars and sleaze-buckets. Welcome, my young friends, to a refresher course on the 1990s.
In the 1992 Presidential election campaign Gennifer, a former playboy model and clear piece of white trailer park trash, popped up to claim that she had has sex with Bill Clinton. Bill went on 60 Minutes and denied this. Occasionally in the years that followed Gennifer would pop up again and even had tapes of her chats with Bill. Advisers to Bill and Hillary herself said these tapes were falsified and that Flowers was just a lying piece of trailer park trash.
But by 1998 when Bill was in a spot of bother for allegedly molesting another woman who was not his wife and who actually did not welcome his advances, that is to say Katherine Willey, Clinton, under oath admitted that he had enjoyed extra marital sex with Flowers. Clinton admitted to one liaison in 1977 the tapes and Flowers suggest that there were a lot more.
But the bottom line is that Bill Clinton lied on TV repeatedly about Flowers and that both Clintons and their aides then smeared Gennifer repeatedly in the press. This is the way that the Clintons operate: they lie, they smear opponents, they cheat, they mislead the American people.
Millennials might think that the emails and all that stuff is a one off. The re-emergence of Miss Flowers will make them realise there is a pattern of Clinton family deceit here.
Perhaps Katherine Willey might also pop along to the debate along with Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, Juanita Broaddrick and many others. You could pack out the studio with women with whom Bill Clinton is alleged to have had relations, mostly but not all consensual, but who when they kicked up a fuss found themselves harassed by Government agencies and the Billary smear machine.
It is not that Bill is repeatedly unfaithful to Hillary that is the issue. It is that he and she lie and smear women who fall victim to him. It was Hillary who, for instancem branded Lewinsky, an intern seduced by POTUS, as a slut after Bill had lied about the incident.
That is the trust deficit which is is for the audience across America to ponder on Monday. Meanwhile as Hillary looks up at the audience in the studio there will be a familiar face staring down at her from row one. Cough, cough.
1792 days ago
I apologise for looking scruffy. Actually I do not. Why should I dress up? I hope this video will be up before the Euro Election results are out – UKIP will, as I have predicted for ages, win.
In this I discuss the various reasons folks voted UKIP and why the political classes got the kicking they so richly deserve.
How will they respond? With more lies. UKIP will not win the next election by any stretch of the imagination. That is a 2 horse race. I won’t vote for them but I am almost glad they exist and I explain why.
My weekly financial video postcard covers sleaze on the AIM Cesspit and the launch of the 2014 AIM Cesspit awards. I very much hope that you watch it HERE
1793 days ago
And so the old parties run by the political classes are running scared of UKIP. After UKIP wins the Euros on Sunday there will be more hand wringing and talk of “we must listen.” Of course they will not. UKIP is not going to win the Westminster elections and so there is a pretence of listening to the voters but it is a sham. Which is why UKIP may not win any or many Westminster seats but it will not go away.
LibLabCon could neutralise it at a strike with just two announcements which negate the poisonous issues of sleaze and Europe.
1. All three party leaders could announce that any MP, starting retrospectively with greedy pig Maria Miller, found guilty of fiddling expenses will lose the party whip at once and not stand at the next election. We plebs find it nauseating that if the Tories win in 2015 the thief Miller will almost certainly once again be a minister. She should be out.
2. The leaders of LibLabCon could agree that on the same day as the 2015 General Election there would be a binding referendum on the question “Do you wish that the UK stays in the EU?” Offer voters that choice and vast swathes of Eurosceptics would leave UKIP and return to the old parties. The people could have their say and there would be little point in voting UKIP. It would have served its purpose.
And as an added bonus the old parties would not have blathered on about how they were going to listen to we plebs. They would actually have listened to us and given us what we want. What, Mr Cameron, Clegg and Miliband is do dreadful about that?
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The Tory party can normally rely on the support of hard working folks who just want to keep more of what they earn and make a better life for them and their families. Today it is sending a message out that it does not give a flying fuck about those folk, as long as its fat, out of touch, sleazy inner circle are looked after. The Tory party and David Cameron will not be forgiven for Maria Miller - Tory sleaze is back.
The Culture secretary has made a million quid profit flogging her house. It was the taxpayer who funded that “investment” as Maria Miller fiddled her expenses. Maria Miller stole money from hard working taxpayers to make herself even richer.
So out of touch, stupid or arrogant is David Cameron that he does not see how the continued presence of Mrs Miller as an MP let along a minister is a complete insult to the very folks who normally are his core constituency.
It is clear that a lot of Tories cannot sense that anger but instead blather on about how this is a media storm whipped up by papers who are hostile to Miller over gay marriage or Leveson. They assume that with these patent smears they can deflect attention from the key issue her: Mrs Miller has made a million quid by bending the rules and using taxpayer’s cash. And we the peasants are furious.
Thatcher or Tebbitt would have realised this. They understood how ordinary folks with real jobs felt because they were ordinary folks who had real jobs before heading to Westminster. The Tory leadership have minimal experience of a working life outside the media/political bubble of Westminster. They do not understand how we peasants think, how we resent our hard earned taxes being used in this way.
The longer Cameron allow Miller to stay in post the dafter he looks. That may Tories will punish him for this with a UKIP vote in the Euros is beyond doubt but the longer this drifts on the more chance there is of those voters not coming back. Miller should be sacked from the Cabinet at once and should not stand as an MP at the next election either. If she does Martin Bell or a UKIP equivalent would stand an awfully good chance of unseating the greedy pig.
I am off to Greece tomorrow where the politicians are a bunch of greedy, thieving pigs who are widely loathed by the electorate. Sound familiar Mrs Miller?
1890 days ago
In a shameful piece of journalism, The Daily Mail today carries a piece stating that Culture Secretary Maria Miller is set to be slammed by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Kathryn Hudson for fiddling £90,000 of expenses. Who planted this story? I bet you a fiver it was the spin department of Maria Miller. To a trained journalist it is so obvious that this THIEF is spinning hard, albeit in an incredibly amateurish fashion, to keep her nose in the trough.
The article cites sources, friends of Miller, Tory MPs but makes it clear that it has not been spoken to be team Piggy Miller. The article protests too much.
The substance of the piece is that Hudson has indeed found Miller guilty of fiddling her expenses But…
Clearly the only person who benefits from this story appearing is Maria Miller in that one is left with the impression that the Watchdog might just be a bit incompetent, that the crime is not really that serious and that if she does get axed from the cabinet it is only because she was a woman and that most MPs are essentially on her side. As such it is blindingly obvious who planted this story and who all the “sources are”. Shame on the Daily Mail for running such crap.
Looking at the points in order.
If you fiddled your expenses your employer would try to get the cash back, would sack you and would almost certainly call in the Old Bill. Every time an MP manages to play by a different rule (not losing their seat, not paying back the dosh and not facing a trial) we miserable little people who pay their wages despise the entire political class that bit more.
If David Cameron wants to reconnect with ordinary voters he should forget for a minute about how many women he has in his cabinet and just come out and say that what Ms Miller did was wrong, that she should repay all the cash NOW and that if she had any honour at all she would resign her Parliamentary seat at once. If she will not do that Cameron should force the local association to deselect this grubby, greedy and unpleasant woman as soon as possible.
2022 days ago
Last year Liam Fox MP had to pay back £3,000 of fiddled expenses. This year the sum under discussion is 3p but in many senses it is worse. The 3p expense claim is legitimate but none the less horrendous.
The claim was made for a car journey in his constituency of 100 metres. This begs one obvious question of Mr Fox, who does not look to be exactly anorexic: “why are you such a lazy bastard – might you not have walked?”
Apart from the fact that sleazy Fox is an idle lard-arse, he also shows a total disregard for taxpayer’s cash. Surely he is aware that the costs of processing his claim for 3p will be several pounds? Does he really think that the taxpayer should be faced with such a burden so that he can reclaim three measly pence?
Of course he does. Fox may talk the talk on cutting the Government deficit but that means cuts for other folk not for the greedy political elite. He - like all the rest of those in the Westminster bubble swilling their taxpayer suibsidized booze while lecturing us on the need for minimum alcohol pricing reckon that austerity is only for "ordinary" people.
Fox. You are a scumbag. Just like the rest of the political class. As we approach November 5th I once again think warmly of the last man to enter Parliament with honest intentions.
2073 days ago
I am more than a bit excited, the inner child in me is in control. The new season is upon us and I am off to Upton Park tomorrow. My old pal Neil Masuda (who as my babysitter made my sisters and I watch the FA Cup Final on the box when Sir Trevor scored with his head) will be coming along with his latest bird. Neil, as you may remember started his long and glorious career as a peddler of sleaze on Fleet Street by breaking the Howard Jones (like to get to know you well) three in a bed scandal when on his local paper.
Anyhow, myself, Neil and his bird will meet up at Real Man Pizza before heading to the Academy. Cardiff were promoted last season so anything could happen. With Andy Carroll injured it will be interesting to see who can actually get it in the net for the Irons. Anyway, another season is almost underway. Another 40 weeks of misery is upon me. Like an addict I cannot wait and as 3 PM looms and we start “I’m forever blowing bubbles.”
I am excited already. It is almost as much fun as asking the Serious Fraud Office to investigate Pinsent Masons and Sefton.
2099 days ago
To be honest I am a bit starved of ideas and the bird wants to head off for a romantic meal so the best that I can do on the caption front is to offer up a picture from earlier of a goat from Greece. Please post your wittiest captions in the comments section below.
For what it is worth my entry is:
The goat says “ Yes, I too know what Jim Ellerton’s said in the Gary Dillabaugh case and I have sold all my Sefton shares – that’s because I am a goat not a sheep.”
You can do better. Feel free to mention the Welsh or Bulletin Board Morons or whatever you want. If Jon Pickles is around mention Prince Harry if you care.
The deadline for entries is 9 AM Friday. Good luck.
Last week I asked you for captions to this picture, in the Lib Dem sleaze edition
The standard of entries was on a par with a Nick Clegg manifesto commitment – not worth thinking about. We shall draw a veil over that contest.
2106 days ago
Have the MP's awarded themselves the pay rise they need to stop them stealing on expenses/retain the best talent? I have lost track. But nothing seems to change with the political classes. And so I read today that James Palumbo, the founder of the Ministry of Sound is to be made a Lib Dem peer having given the party £500,000 (or half a Bernie). Of coure all political parties play the same game and I am sure that this can be justified. After all his Dad is a Lord and what with cocaine being found in nine loos at the Houses of Parliament last week a night club boss will feel right at home there.
Anyhow please supply your captions for this picture in the comments section below.
For what it's worth my entries are:
"We are different from the old parties...we are here to change the corrupt established way of doing politics"
"Yes James, I said five, yes five hundred that will be enough your Lordship"
Last week I asked you for captions to this picture
The best,, once again, comes from Donalgarth and is:
"1.6 million for all that effort, we'll get more than that in expenses for today."
2110 days ago
I see that my recent articles on Bulletin Board Morons have unleashed a firestorm of anonymous abuse various from Bulletin Board Morons. As I wandered along the beach and enjoyed a very nice grilled octopus lunch I pondered whether the morons have a point? For about five seconds.
The morons of course never post under their own names and then proceed to say whatever they wish. If I had a penny for every time I had received abuse from the morons over the years I could buy half of Greece. Perhaps these days I could pick up the whole country. Hidden behind the mask of anonymity they say what they like.
That is fine by me. Airstrip One is a free country. Well sort of. But please do not expect me to regard dishing out abuse without revealing your identity as courageous in any way.
Among writers (i.e. those who earn money from writing in their own name) I am a little unusual in that I am happy to dish out the abuse back. I do so in my own name. And sometimes in quite a witty manner. The BB Morons however think that this is all shocking.
Some feel I should show bravery by going onto BB threads and posting as myself. Hmmmmm. Let me see. Shall I go and write for free swapping ideas with folks who fail to debate facts but instead think that accusing me of being gay is a valid point or shall I earn some money writing elsewhere? What is my job? Oh…I am a writer. Perhaps the BB Morons all work for free? If indeed they are capable of holding down a job.
Others accuse me of being “unprofessional” in using words like Bulletin Board Moron or dickhead or indeed in bothering to have a go at these fools now and again. Hmmmm. I do not pretend to be a dry as dull analyst crunching out reports which refer to KPIs or other MBA-ish terms. That is not what interests me. I am an aggressive writer and that aggressive writing pays the bills. And as a bonus it entertains me greatly. I write about what I want: cats, my lack of breakfast, Andy "horseface" Carroll, civil liberties, birds, sleazy Tony Baldry MP, the Evil Empire and POS AIM companies and the list goes on and on. Oddly folks choose to read that material. No-one forces them to.
I like being able to write exactly what I think. I was denied that opportunity for some years and it ate away at me. These days nothing on earth can or will restrain me. And yes, like my daughter, I appear to have learned some rude words at Upton Park.
If “professional” means writing dry as dust copy, just saying buy or kissing corporate & establishment arse then I admit that I am utterly incapable of being professional. I shall remain an amateur who earns a decent whack writing in an amateurish manner.
But with the greatest of respect to the Bulletin Board Morons, I am fully aware of how many City analysts and financial journalists read my material and some of them are even decent enough to say how much they enjoy it. Peer group praise is perhaps of more interest to me than being accused of being “unprofessional” by selected Bulletin Board Morons. Actually I do not really give a damn about peer group reviews either. As long as I can pay the bills and have a hoot writing who cares what anyone else thinks? I do not.
And finally I am accused of being vindictive towards Sefton and writing only about this one POS Company. Clearly those folks have not noticed that I crank out 5-10 articles a day and, if it is unlucky, about 2 a week concern Sefton. I am sure that the management at Bullabullbullshit PLC, Great Western Mining, Cyan, US Oil & Gas, U308, etc, etc, etc would wish that I was 100% Sefton focussed but I am not. I regard Sefton as the ultimate pin-up model for the AIM Cesspit but my problem is with the failure of the whole market not just with one particular POS Company.
However, Sefton has misled investors on a serial basis. It has publically accused me of market abuse (sorry guys but that complaint got nowhere did it – where’s the apology?) and of making stories up. And its bully boy lawyers have endeavoured (and failed) to stop me following my chosen profession of writing per se. This is not about establishing the truth it is a malicious war against me but also against free speech.
Sefton wants to injunct both myself and Dan. That is its real purpose. Had it obtained an injunction then yesterday’s revelations about Kansas would not have emerged. Ask yourselves how, given the abject failure of Sefton’s Nomad and of AIM regulation in ensuring that Sefton issues accurate RNS statements, it is in anyone’s interests that Dan or I are injuncted? Go on BB Morons…in whose interests would it be?
As such can you blame me for having a go back? Not only is there self-interest involved but, forgetting all issues of personality, exposing companies that issue RNS statements that are factually incorrect is the right thing to do. It is what I have done for 21 years. And despite the best efforts of Sefton Resources and its bully boy lawyers it is what I plan to carry on doing.
And if I use words like frigging or dickhead as I do so you should not be surprised.
And now BB Morons, as you sit sweating and salivating at your laptops posting drivel when not watching kiddie porn, I am off for a swim in the hotel pool before making a call to Denver with the aim of dishing out some more ground-breaking news later today.
2112 days ago
I noted here six days ago that MPs (who earn between 4 and 7 times the national average wage) reckon that if they don’t get a £10,000 pay rise they will be forced to fiddle their expenses again. But of course I got my sums wrong. It is even worse that I first thought.
For we learned at the weekend that 150 of the Westminster swine are claiming £50 a week for transport costs for their kids. That is deemed a legitimate expense. £2,500 a year tax free – that is worth £4,500 as a higher rate taxpayer. How many other "little" fittles like that are there which are all 100% legit under rules created by the MPs themselves? One suspects quite a few. And it all adds up.
As a bonus we also discovered that speaker John Bercow managed to claim £84 travel expenses for a journey of exactly one mile. Ironically it was a journey to visit the body set up to oversee MP’s expenses.
The political classes are right now thrashing about in a row about how Labour is bankrolled by Unite and the seeming corruption within Unite designed to fix election meetings. I do not give a damn about this. Or about the various corporates and dodgy hedge fund managers who bankroll the Tories. The real issue is that the entire political class is venal, corrupt and out of touch.
The battle is not between Labour and Tory or between Call Me Dave and Miliband. It really makes no difference who is in charge. Both accept the ultimate supremacy of the Evil Empire, pander to the moral sensibilities of a metropolitan elite and are happy to see the deficit remain out of control as Britain goes bankrupt every more quickly.
The battle is between the political classes who are robbing the citizenry, making Airstrip One ever less free while feathering their own nests and the rest of us.
Every time a new expenses scandal emerges or there is another episode of beltway sleaze newspaper columnists (part of the political media beltway class and inveterate expense fiddlers themselves) write “they still don’t get it do they?” Er… they never got it and they never will and any pre-election suggestion otherwise is mere pretence.
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Filmed in Spitalfields on Monday morning I guess I feel strongly about three issues covered.
1. Tax, prohibition, smoking and what we put into our bodies
2. The corruption of the political class
3. My hero of the year - the PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden and civil liberties
2145 days ago
I have sad news to bring you. The lesbian housekeeper has lost her industrial tribunal against Mr and Mrs P, the Tory MP and his wife she accused of molesting her and suggesting a menage a trois. I guess the tribunal found it utterly unlikely that a married Tory MP would try to get it on with a woman, let alone two.
Sadly this means that we will never get to know the identity of Mr & Mrs P. My prayers to the great tribal god of sleaze went unanswered.
2146 days ago
The industrial tribunal concerning Tory MP Mr P, Mrs P and their former lesbian housekeeper gets better and better. I am praying intensely that the housekeeper wins as this is a real corker if true. Naturally if she does win Mr P will do the “honourable thing” like bribe taking Patrick Mercer (Con) or pervert Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock and ….carry on in Parliament claiming full pay and perks.
As you may remember the live-in housekeeper is suing for unfair dismissal claiming Mr and Mrs P sexually harassed her and wanted a threesome. You can read about that on this website here
Life in the P household sounds pretty highly charged. Mr P says that the lesbian housekeeper was in the habit of sunbathing naked. He does not seem to have minded as this went on for a long time. Meanwhile the housekeeper insists that Mr P would frequently walk around the house visible to both Mrs P and the domestic staff completely naked.
Back to basics, sleaze, the mid 1990s or is it 1963?
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I used to work with a great journalist called Peter Krigjsman on the Evening Standard. Having broken a major story splashed on the Standard front page about an invasion of killer frogs ( I think it was a little overhyped), Peter forever became known as Killer Frogs.
Killer Frogs is a very talented guy. To prove it here is a song he wrote and produced at the time of the MP's expenses scandal. I guess it still resonates today.
Relax, sit back and rock with Killer Frogs
2148 days ago
It seems as if Panorama and The Telegraph have nailed three Lords as well as Sir Patrick Mercer MP for asking questions in Parliament in return for cash. In a just world all would lose their titles and would be charged with something and resign at once. But will the political classes allow four of their own to face real justice? There is not a cat in hell’s chance of this.
Apparently Mercer took 24 hours to decide the “honourable” course of action after the sleazy pig knew that he was to be exposed. And even then he got it wrong. The honourable thing would be to quit as an MP at once without compensation and pay the cash he trousered to a good charity. Instead he keeps the cash and will stay in Parliament for two more years (albeit as an Independent not an Official Tory) trousering a vast wage plus expenses and then get a big payoff.
Mercer – you are not in the slightest bit honourable, you are a sleazy scumbag. But in your defence you are not alone.
How many other MPs are taking cash for arranging passes, asking questions in Parliament and assisting various companies without declaring it? In the Westminster political/media bubble other names crop up again and again. It is just that it is either hard to stand these things up or no-one can really be bothered as when you are all part of the same club, exposes make life just a bit too complicated.
If you think this story ends with Mercer or Labour’s Lord Jack Cunningham (whose dad was also done for political corruption, it is a family trait) you are sadly naïve. All the established parties know that there are rotten apples waiting to be exposed with a blue, red or yellow rosette. This scandal is not one that shows the divisions between the “mainstream” parties but the divisions between a political class united in protecting a corrupt system and their own vested interests, and the rest of us.
2149 days ago
You kind of thought that cash for questions was just a bit nineteen nineties. that after the expenses scandal the Westminster stable had been cleansed. Wrong! Those greedy mothers in parliament, not content with gunning for inflation busting pay rises are at it again, taking bribes for asking questions. Panorama has exposed not only Patrick Mercer MP but also three Lords for taking cash for asking questions about Fiji on behalf of a bogus lobbying company.
Other MPs lined up to join Mercer's all party Fiji Group, one asking if he could take his wife on the first "fact-finding mission." Mercer described most of the recruits as freeloaders. I'd describe the entitre political class as freeloaders.
Right now the political class is taking yet another well earned holiday. But the MPs and Lords will be back soon. And in that vein I ask for captions to the picture below. Post your captions in the comments section below.
For what it is worth my entry is "At the annual AIM awards dinner the Jim Ellerton and the directors of Motive TV and Verdes Management tuck into the main course and discuss how important it is to remunerate senior staff appropriately in order to attract the right talent"
2150 days ago
Sleazey Tory Patrick Mercer MP has been caught red handed by Panorama taking money from a bogus lobbying firm to ask questions in Parliament about matters relating to Fiji. He did not declare his interests. He is a bribe taking common crook. Yet…
He has resigned the Tory whip to "avoid embarrassing his party" and says he will not seek re-election in 2015. But until then he will carry on trousering a vast salary and expenses and at the end of it get a gold plated pension. His fellow Parliamentarians seem to think this is the “honourable” thing to do. Bollocks it is.
In the private sector such behaviour would result in instant dismissal without compensation. But this is the cozy club of the political classes where the old boys all stick together. One imagines that Mercer is not the only MP who is still taking cash for asking questions.
This should not be a matter on honour but a point of law. If an MP is “on the take” he or she should be fired without compensation at once. The refusal of the political classes to accept this is just another reason they are held in such contempt by the rest of us.
2291 days ago
I have just worked a 22 hour day, juggling the needs of sick staff, bills to pay, deadlines to meet etc. That is what life is like in the private sector. The bit of the economy that employs folks, pays over taxes to support the State, etc. And the chances of myself or my staff getting a 32% pay rise this year are zippo. Frankly almost no-one in the UK will get that sort of rise this year.
But one bunch of parasites, tarnished by allegations of corruption, working 3 days in 5 and universally despised reckon they merit a 32% hike taking them from the top 5% of earners into the top 1%. Even had I worked only 21 hours yesterday I would still be livid.
This week’s caption contest is in honour of the scumbags who forget that they work for us not the other way round. Please post your captions in the comments section below.
For what it is worth my entry is: “How dare you compare us to MPs – we only spend some of our time at the trough.”
I am sure that you can do better
Last week I got a great response to this picture
Among those worth noting are
Brokerman Daniel: “That’s as close to The British Falklands Islands you’ll ever get Bitch!”
Chris G: “A gnarled and wizened old relic of a bygone era goes on display in Buenos Aires… …and a map of the Falkland Isles can also be seen.”
And Jon Pickles: President Fernandez: “We may no longer be able to afford a full-scale invasion but at least we can be justifiably proud that just 35% of Argentinian GDP buys this 1:500,000-scale chrome and pine replica. Salud
But for sheer malice a Piss off Argentina T-shirt goes to Brokerman Daniel.
2291 days ago
Are you getting a pay rise this year? Not many folks are. Some like those on welfare are, in real terms, getting a cut. Pensioners are worse off thanks in part to low interest rates. The Government needs to slash its spending. To sack people. To make them unemployed. As Call Me Dave said “we are all in it together.” Er… not quite. Some folks are more equal than others. MPs are demanding a pay rise. A 32% pay rise. Where is Guy Fawkes when you need him? These pigs are beneath contempt.
An MP already gets paid £65,378 a year plus expenses. Those were meant to have been reformed but as has become clear they are still fiddled on an industrial scale. The House of Commons has extended holidays and will in fact be open for business just 156 days this year. Effectively MPs are on holiday 2 days in five. Many have outside jobs. And so for this onerous existence MPs find themselves in the top 5% of wage earners.
There is no shortage of those wishing to be an MP. Any party fighting a safe or marginal seat will be deluged with applications for approved candidates. So when Lib Dem Nick Harvey says that “not reasonable” to expect MPs to make “enormous” financial sacrifices and said pay rates must be high enough to attract the best candidates he is talking bollocks. If Harvey thinks MPs are making sacrifices they can always do what other folk do and go find a better paid job and quit.
As for attracting the best candidates that is sheer drivel. If local associations cannot find a good candidate from the hundreds who apply for safe seats (and a chance to be in the top 5% of earners) already, what difference will an extra 32% make? I happen to agree with Harvey on one matter. Many MPs are thick, crooked or just generally useless. But that is not down to pay but is the fault of the local parties who select these cretins.
Jack Straw, who is presumably still mourning the death of his friend the late Colonel Gadaffi argues that “now is as good a time as any” for his colleagues and he to stiff the taxpayer with a bumper pay rise. Rubbish. Give the MP’s a 1% increase like welfare claimants and see if we care if they all go on strike? Fewer daft laws passed – it would be good news all round.
I still do not understand why the US House of Representitives has 435 members representing 260 million folks while the Westminster parasites need 650 MPs to represent 60 million of us. How about we cut the number of MPs to 200 and see how many of the current incumbents are happy to take the immense financial sacrifice and fight it out to try and represent the remaining seats? We all know that there would be no shortage of takers.
Just when I thought I could not despise most MPs any more, I find that I do. Having just worked a 22 hour day for a lot less than £65,000 my sympathy with these sleazy scumbags is not great.
2310 days ago
The weekend Tomograph Newsletter will go out on Sunday Evening. This will be an abridged Christmas issue but will also announce the winner of the 2012 Pig of the Year award (EU & Westminster category).
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The newsletter should be out on Sunday Evening.
2312 days ago
I always thought the Police Commissioner elections were a waste of space. It was just another chance of the lower members of the political establishment to stick their snouts in the trough. Step forward thieving pig Clive Grunshaw, a long serving Labour councillor and as of last month the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire. He is also a thief. Go ahead and sue me Clive. Oink Oink. Sleaze. Sleaze. Oink. Oink.
The excellent Topofthecops.com blog has used FOI information to trawl Grunshaw’s expenses claims. I pass you over to that blog:
“In 2009 when Commissioner Grunshaw held roles as a County Councillor and a member of the Police Authority, he claimed that he had spent from 8 am to 1 pm on 28 September on Police Authority duties, involving a round-trip of 56 miles apparently from his home in Fleetwood to Police Headquarters at Hutton, near Preston, but then claimed 46 miles from the County Council for a round-trip to County Hall at Preston the same day, apparently being absent from home on that occasion between 12 noon and 5 pm. It is not clear how he left home on the second occasion an hour before he had arrived home from his Police Authority duties, or why he travelled 51 miles via his home instead of the 5 mile direct journey.
Whilst this may seem like a simple mistake, TopOfTheCops has uncovered 8 other occasions where Grunshaw’s timings for claims from one authority appear incompatible with timing for claims from another authority for the same day.
It seems that porcine Clive also submitted multiple claims for food on the same day. Needless to say when confronted with these claims the man who must oversee a one billion quid budget to stamp out crime said it was all an innocent mistake and he would repay what was due. Yeah right.
The man submitted false expense claims and thus stole taxpayers cash. In the private sector he would be fired and prosecuted. A welfare claimant would lose benefits and be prosecuted. But for members of the “political classes” different rules apply. And that is because they set their own rules.
As we near the end of 1984, sorry 2012, I once again am drawn back to the works of George Orwell and in this case Animal Farm:
“Comrades!” he cried. “You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organization of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples.
Grunshaw should use some of his fiddled expenses money to buy a copy of Animal Farm and of 1984 and to read both (after he has resigned and asked for a Police Force from outside Lancashire to investigate him in full).
Double Speak is a combination of two terms from 1984 (Double Think and New Speak) and essentially means saying one thing and meaning another. Someone might, for instance, say “I am tough on crime” while in practice thieving themselves. Ring any bells Police Commissioner?
Of course, trougher Grunshaw will not quit. It is one rule for them and one for us. Some of us are just more equal than others in the sight of the law.
My e-book out the other day, Letters from the Chestnut Tree cafe, Thought Crime in Britain and Greece (1984 is finally here) contains numerous other examples of this sort of double standard with my comments and can be bought direct from the publisher HERE for £5. .
2322 days ago
Maria Miller MP is a former advertising executive. Her husband is a partner in a City law firm. So they are minted. But some greedy pigs just cannot get enough (of other folks cash) and the Culture Secretary is just such a pig. She should quit as an MP now and hand back £90,000 she has claimed as expenses in a way which may be legal ( it may not) but is just downright sleazy. If Dave Cameron wants to clean up politics he should fire this woman at once. He does not. And he will not.
In short Miller claimed £90,000 in expenses for here “second home” in London which is where her patents live. She said that her main home was a rented property in her Basingstoke seat. The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards ruled that second homes must be “exclusively” for the use of MPs in fulfilling their parliamentary duties and that housing a politician’s parents was “specifically prohibited” by the rules.
So oink oink Miller engaged in a clear breach of the rules. She did this between 2005 and 2009 and then 10 days before the expenses scandal broke she stopped claiming. Since 2011 she has designated the property as her main home.
No doubt David Cameron will stand by Miller. And he wonders why we mere plebs ( whose taxes fund this sort of farce) view him and the entire political class with such open contempt.
2331 days ago
The Daily Mail carries a sleaze piece today alleging that a key aide to deputy PM Nick Clegg personally intervened to get £12 million of taxpayers cash fast tracked to a charity ( BookTrust) of which Mr Clegg’s wife is a prominent supporter. Apparently emails have just emerged showing that while other charities must bid for Government cash, this one just got it. Hmmm.
The piece manages to find a rent-a-quote Tory and Labour MP to demand an enquiry. Oh, another one. An enquiry a day, hip hip hooray, more money to pay, what more can I say? Do politicians ever do anything in life apart from call for enquiries? Personally I do not see why taxpayer’s cash in Bankrupt Britain is handed to charities at all. Booktrust may do great work but it a fake charity. It is now an arm of Government. That to me is a scandal.
As for Cleggy I ask you one question: who benefits? It is generally accepted that poor Nick has become a total liability for the Lib Dems who came 8th in Rotherham, the worst result for his party in almost 75 years. Bring back Charles Kennedy (drunk or sober), the late paedophile MP Cyril Smith (notwithstanding that he is dead), Jeremy Thorpe, his gay lover or the dead dog Rinka and any of them would be more credible. And so it is hard to see why anyone in the Tory party or Labour party would snitch on Nick, leak these emails and risk him being toppled.
There is only one party where significant number of MPs think their own electoral prospects come 2015 would be enhanced by Clegg departing. That is his own. The piece in the Mail very deliberately quoted Tory and Labour MPs but makes it clear the paper has talked to no Lib Dem. Yup right. I am sure this is a non scandal. But in the sack the ferrets are at play.
I see now that Clegg supporters are suggesting that this is the Daily Mail bashing Clegg becuase he supports Leveson style press regulation which he opposes. That is one spin. But who passed the emails onto the Mail? They have to have come from insisde Westminster. I am not sure that I buy this line.
You can read the Daily Mail article HERE.
2349 days ago
In today’s sleaze round up rwo former MPs are unmasked but because they were MPs evading all punishment. It is one rule for them and one for us. First up is Westminster nonce of the day. Okay he is dead so there is no hope of prosecuting him but it appears that the late Sir Cyril Smith, the morbidly obese former Liberal MP for Rochdale was a serial abuser of teenage boys. He was named as a paedophile in Parliament today and the evidence is now flooding out.
I think I named him on this blog a couple of weeks ago. I thought everyone knew. But what is apparent today is how the Police and the other politicians of the day had enough to deal with him and did not. And so he carried on abusing so ruining countless lives.
Second up is former Labour MP Margaret Piggy Moran who was found guilty of stealing £53,000 from the taxpayer by claiming expenses for things she had not actually bought. She has however been deemed to be suffering from severe depression and will not get a criminal record and will not go to prison. Nor will a woman who owns two houses be forced to pay back the £53,000 she stole from the taxpayer. I remind you that sitting in the House of Lords still is Baroness Uddin who stole £125,000 via false expenses. She owns three homes and has not yet paid a cent back.
Do you detect a common thread here? If it was you or I we would be forced to sell a house and repay the cash. If some other obese Northerner had abused boys on a serial basis the MPs and Police would have gone for him. It does appear that for the political class normal rules just do not apply.
2356 days ago
Nadine Dorries MP has today been suspended from the Tories for agreeing to appear on “I’m a celebrity Get Me Out of Here.” Oh bully for you David Cameron. I am no defender of this appalling woman but that she is heading off to Australia to make a fool of herself (while still trousering £6,158 for representing the folks of Mid Bedfordshire as their MP) is hardly a hanging offence is it?
The point about Mad Nad is that she has done far worse before and got away with it. Moreover some of Call Me Dave’s pals in the party have done far worse in recent weeks and also got away with it. Calling a Policeman a “fucking pleb” should be a firing offence. But that was a posh boy with a posh boy comment. In the case of Mad Nad appearing on a brainless TV show this is a working class woman mixing it with a bunch of oiks on a show that only white trash watches. This is poor judgement by Cameron and his new chief whip and fellow Old Etonian Sir George Young.
For more on Sir George, brother of my step mother, and his great understanding of the working class see HERE
As to Nadine, she should have been slung out over her expenses record. What she claimed for was all quite legitimate according to the rules established by MPs for NPs so that they could all loot away legally from the taxpayer. I have covered here expenses record before on this blog noting:
“This is a woman who had both her daughters on the payroll, costing taxpayers c£30,000. One was paid a salary to act as her office manager while at the same time working on a full time degree. Lucky her. I hope her studies were not affected too badly by that extra work for mum.
Ms Dorries was cleared in the MPs second home scandal. Apparently it was 100% kosher to claim that a tiny hunting lodge 90 miles away from Westminster and 55 miles from Mid Bedfordshire was her main home so that she could claim big allowances (c£60,000) for her large “second home” in her constituency. The hunting lodge was owned by a close pal (Lynn Elson) whose marketing company trousered £51,000 of taxpayers cash for doing research work for Nadine in the space of just 15 months. This has all been declared above board.”
Had Call Me Dave had a few words before the last election with Mid Beds conservatives about this matter and Nadine been asked to step aside on that basis no-one would have complained. But then of course what Dorries did was pretty much what so many MPs of all parties did.
There is a suggestion that Dorries will now defect to UKIP. I do hope that if UKIP is offered the chance to take her, it declines. Having an “expenses maximiser” as its first MP would hardly set it apart from the old three parties of sleaze. It is not her desire to be part of a group of Z list celebrities that should have sunk Dorries but the expenses fiasco. As for Cameron’s Tories, I find myself despising them more as each day goes by.
2357 days ago
I read today that dreadful MP Nadine Dorries is to appear on the ghastly TV show I’m a celebrity. Just out of interest: will she be drawing her MP’s salary and claiming any expenses when she troops off to the jungle with a bunch of C list celebs? I would hope not but I am afraid that Mad Nad has pretty good form on pushing the expenses system to its limits. Are her daughters still on the payroll? There will be those that say this spectacle degrades Westminster. I disagree.
Westminster is already degraded to such a point where politicians are held in almost universal contempt. At sleaze central, expenses have been systematically fiddled and few have been punished. Faced with slam dunk cases like Dennis MacShane the Police have yet to act. Baroness Uddin is acknowledged to have stolen £125,000 of taxpayers cash but after a year band from the house of Lords she is now back and opting to pay back that cash not by selling any one of her three houses but from her fees and expenses in the House of Lords. You could not make it up.
Almost half of our laws are now passed in the EU yet we are told that we still need 650 MPs, beavering away, to scrutinise legislation. I shall turn my attention to other matters and the cover up later today. Nadine Dorries does not make anyone view the political class with more contempt, the entire establishment is almost universally reviled already. No-one really thinks that many MPS do a serious job anyway so why not send the whole lot to the jungle? Would the UK be that much worse off? None the less, I shall still be keen to know if she is drawing a salary and claiming expenses as she heads off to celeb land.
2360 days ago
Dennis MacShane MP has now been found guilty of submitting fabricated expenses allowing him to steal thousands of pounds from the taxpayer. He was suspended from the House of Commons for a year but says that he has now taken the honourable step of resigning as an MP as well. Cobblers. I am reminded of chapter ten of Animal Farm by George Orwell when the pigs start to walk on two legs. No longer is it “four legs good, two legs bad.”
“Benjamin felt a nose nuzzling at his shoulder. He looked round. It was Clover. Her old eyes looked dimmer than ever. Without saying anything, she tugged gently at his mane and led him round to the end of the big barn, where the Seven Commandments were written. For a minute or two they stood gazing at the tatted wall with its white lettering.
“My sight is failing,” she said finally. “Even when I was young I could not have read what was written there. But it appears to me that that wall looks different. Are the Seven Commandments the same as they used to be, Benjamin?”
For once Benjamin consented to break his rule, and he read out to her what was written on the wall. There was nothing there now except a single Commandment. It ran:
ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL
BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS
Indeed they are. Will MacShane get his Parliamentary pension? More importantly at this stage there seems no indication (and certainly little pressure in Sleaze central, Westminster) for the Old Bill to re-open an investigation into this common criminal. The man submitted false invoices and stole money. The evidence (i.e. the false invoices) is there. If this horrid little man is charged he is bound to plead guilty.
Am I being stupid and missing something or is a greedy MP animal more equal that all other animals now?
2510 days ago
I do not care who paid for Baroness Warsi’s various jollies abroad. I would not pay to go to a backwards kleptocracy like Saudi Arabia so I can sympathise with her not wishing to cough up for her fare to Riyadh. And so what if her business partner was once a member of some Islamofascist grouping of nutters. That is, in my view, no reflection on the chairwoman of the Conservative party. But…
It appears that Warsi claimed the maximum accommodation allowance for staying in London when she was either a) staying at a cheapo hotel or b) staying rent free at the house of a mate who says he did not charge her a penny for her accommodation. Other Lords have gone to prison for similar arrangements. Those who take taxpayers cash via the benefits system by telling porky pies are hounded and harassed (rightly).
If those who are meant to be our servants start to believe that they are above the law and are, in fact, our masters we have a problem. This seems an open and shut case to me. If Baroness Warsi can show proof that she did in fact pay rent/not stay at a cheapo hotel then we all owe her an enormous apology and she can make a killing with a libel action against most of Fleet Street and the bloke at whose house she stayed. If she cannot, she should be both fired at once by David Cameron and then prosecuted. A few years ago Call Me Dave thought Sleaze was someone else’s problem – he never grasped that it was the whole political class that played the same game.
She has had two weeks to come up with some receipts or credit card bills to clear her name. Surely her records are not that shambolic? The longer she clings on/is allowed to stay by Call Me Dave the more we, the ordinary peasants, will rightfully despise an increasingly out of touch political establishment.