Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Hob Nobs Anyone?

It looks like Rob Wilson agrees with me that the communications allowance is a gross misuse of tax-payers money as the following message on his web site would appear to indicate.
Please Note: This website is no longer funded under the House of Commons Communications Allowance.
Instead, all costs associated with the running of the site are now incurred at the expense of Reading East Conservative Association.

Since he now conceeds that his web site is nothing more than Tory propaganda, maybe he should offer to pay back the £10,357 of tax-payers money that he has trousered to pay for it and his piss-poor "Parliamentary Reports" over the last year? Makes claiming for a hob-nob pretty small beer.


Anonymous said...

Maybe Nick Clegg should hand back his as well, and maybe Ming should, and why not Vince Cable.

Was said...

Seems fair to me. If the Tories handed back the £1.3m they've used to supplement their electioneering at the tax-payers' expense I don't have any problem with the Lib Dems handing back the £0.5m they have claimed.

Perhaps to show solidarity with the poor hard pressed commuter, Rob should also hand back his first class travel permit and go cattle class like the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

This is going lower and lower. How about him travelling with the train driver, even better don't you think??

Anonymous said...

Considering you have a lot less MPs the proportion would affect your party more than the others? Does this mean that you are saying that the Lib Dems will give up this allowance?

Was said...

The Conservatives started the "hairiest shirt" competition, but no, I think standing in a corridor from Reading to Paddington will do. Wouldn't want the train driver to be put off by his empty chatter.

The communications allowance is pure and simple snouts in the trough. It should be scrapped saving £5m.

Anonymous said...

Looks like some Lib Dem MPs have their snouts in the trough big time then. Given the pathetic numbers of you lot in the House, a higher percentage of your party's MP claim over the maximum amount (£10k) for the Comms Allowance than any other party.

Here are a few to whet your appetite:

Burstow, Mr Paul
Sutton & Cheam

Stunell, Andrew
Hazel Grove

Reid, Mr Alan
Argyll and Bute

Rennie, Willie
Dunfermline & West Fife

Beith, Rt Hon Sir Alan

Featherstone, Lynne
Hornsey & Wood Green

Alexander, Danny
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

Smith, Sir Robert
Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine

Stop your cheap political point scoring, really you are a waste of space - how you ever got elected as a councillor I have no idea!

Oranjepan said...

It's worth noting that there is a big difference between communication and propaganda.

It's no good tarring everyone with the same brush because there will always be some who are better and some who are worse.

Was said...

I really don't understand the Tory brown nosers who frequent here who don't understand one simple thing. It's my blog, I can do what the bloody hell I like with it!

And points wouldn't be so cheap to score if having a pop at Tories wasn't like shooting fish in a barrel right now. It might not be sporting to shoot sitting ducks but someone has to do it... instead of buying them duck houses.

You'll also find that none of those Lib Dem MPs you list has been found guilty of misuse by the Standards and Privileges Committee over their allowances.... unlike Rob Wilson.