Last week the Liebour MP and Speaker of the House, Michael Martin, suggested that MPs should be given a £23k annual grant towards second home expenses so they don’t suffer the embarassment of the taxpayer finding out what they’ve spent our taxes on.
Today, a Liebour MEP said that MEPs should publish a full breakdown of their expenses after the leader of the Conswervative MEPs, who was given special responsibility for making sure their expenses were whiter than white, admitted accidently authorising about three quarters of a million pounds worth of “expenses” paid to a family-owned company with its head office in his house. This is, of course, ever so slightly against the rules even in an organisation as institutionally corrupt and bereft of any form of morality as the EU.
But how hypocritical can Liebour be? They believe in transparency when a Conswervative MEP (Giles Chichester) owns up to defrauding the taxpayer but when their own MPs are caught with their snouts in the trough they want to change the rules to make it easier for them to get their hands on – and hide – dubious expenses paid by the taxpayer. I mean, why should the taxpayer be paying Gordon Brown’s Sky TV subscription when we’re already paying him a salary of £187k? Why should we be paying tens of thousands of pounds for a mock Tudor fronting for their taxpayer-funded second home?
The answer is that we shouldn’t and whenever taxpayers money is spent, every last penny should be accounted for and available for public scrutiny. I agree with Richard Corbett MEP on this but I would politely remind him that the biggest bunch of crooks in Westminster are Liebour MPs and people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.