Thursday, 28 May 2009

MP Julie Kirkbride final words

Tory MP Julie Kirkbride final words before resigning:

"I understand people are angry" and "it is very hard to defend and I can understand why questions are being raised".

The Tory leader said that she had been "under enormous pressure" from "unbearably intense" scrutiny.

Only because she had made an "enormous" number of "hard to defend" claims.
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Monday, 25 May 2009

Is personal accountancy advice a legitimate business expense?

Personal accountancy advice is not a legitimate business expense, for most people.

But then MPs are not normal people, anything is legitimate for them.

Nine members of the cabinet have been claiming this, including the chancellor.

Why can't business people claim similar accountancy advice and expenses?

Mr Darling said "everyone of us, me included, have to take responsibility" for not reforming the expenses system.

Liberal Democrat Vince Cable was "incensed" when he heard the chancellors "cynical attempt to displace responsibility for his own behaviour on other MPs."

And what does the tax man say?

"It's a general principle of tax law that accountancy fees incurred in connection with the completion of a personal tax return are not deductible. This is because the costs of complying with the law are not an allowable expense against tax. This rule applies across the board."

Can't argue with that.
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Saturday, 23 May 2009

Voters are jealous of my Balmoral

Conservative MP Anthony Steen thinks critics of his expenses claims are merely "jealous" of his country house which looks like Balmoral!

"I've done nothing criminal" he said.

He is no supporter of the Freedom of Information Act, when it comes to MPs expenses.

He later apologised for saying "inappropriate things" "in the heat of the moment".

Alas, it was too late.
Even the Conservative leader said the comments were "appalling".
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MP Expenses exposures unbearable for MPs

MP Nadine Dorries thinks that politicians are the victims of a "witch hunt" and one of them could crack and commit suicide.

"I think people are seriously beginning to crack."

"There is serious concern that this has almost got to the point now which is almost unbearable for any human being to deal with."

Which planet is she on?
Every one has to justify their expense claims including MPs.
How the hell is this "unbearable for any human being"?

She thinks MPs are walking around "with terror in their eyes" and the atmosphere is like the McCarthy's "witch-hunts" of the 1950s.

"Terror" - a greatly misused word.
They are more likely to be sick of their colleagues stupidity (to put it politely).
And possibly their own.
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Monday, 11 May 2009

Presidential suite for Zardari

3rd world country President spends $5,000 per night in U.S.

President Zardari stayed in the $5,000 (approximately 4.1 lakh rupees) per night presidential suite at sixth floor of the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was given a separate suite, which cost $2,600 per night.

Low ranking officers also stayed on the same floor.

Pakistan - Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt-Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director General Dr Shoaib Suddle and Interior Minister Rehman Malik apparently do not need any additional security and were not accomodated on the same floor.

A Pakistan embassy official said Zardari’s stay was the cheapest compared with the past rulers.

He also said that it was the requirement of the hotel that the president should stay at the 6th floor because of security concerns.

A total of 26 rooms were available on the 6th floor (listed rates between $350 and $900 per night).

The Preseident could have stayed in one of these AND provided these to senior Pakistani officials.

He said what was spent on the stay of Zardari and his entourage at the hotel matters nothing in view of the gains that this trip had made for  the country   himself.

"The official media team was included in the 62-member delegation of Zardari, but many other journalists were also in Washington at government expense."
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