My thieving bastard MP, David Wright, has been rewarded for taking a £17k bribe from a property developer with a job as a junior minister in DEFRA and DCLG in No Mandate Brown’s new cabinet of all the talentless on the same day that El Gordo announced tough punishments for MPs that have been doing naughty things. Obviously bribery and corruption are worthy of promotion, not punishment, under the new regime.
I tried to report my thieving bastard MP to the police for the bribe. He lived in Dolphin Square when it was owned by Westminster Council and the taxpayer paid a low rent. Westminster Council sold the block of flats to a property developer who offered every tennant – including my thieving bastard MP – almost £17k in compensation for signing a new tenancy agreement with a higher rent. As he didn’t have to pay the higher rent himself, he signed the tenancy agreements and took the £17k “compensation”. A few months later he moved out because the rent wasn’t good value for money for the taxpayer. It wasn’t good value for the taxpayer before he took the £17k bung but he stayed on anyway until after he’d had the money. On balance of probability there is no plausible explanation for staying in the flat other than the £17k compensation and that makes it a bribe.
Unfortunately, the police are proving to be very difficult over this. I went to the local police and all they would do was log it as information, not as a crime. They referred me to the Met who refused to log my report and variously told me they weren’t investigating individual MPs, that I would have to go into a Met police station, referred me to New Scotland Yard who told me that it was outside of police jurisdiction because he was an MP (!) and referred me to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.
I emailed the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards who were very helpful but said they couldn’t launch a criminal investigation and told me to report it to the police. That day the local paper reported that the CPS in London said it was unlikely they would be making any prosecutions.
This is one of the blatant and obvious cases of criminality that have come out of the Telegraph’s expenses blitz yet despite every citizen having an obligation to report crimes that have been committed, I find it is impossible to report my thieving bastard MP for accepting a bribe. I’ll be talking to the local CPS today to try and find a way of getting a police investigation into David Wright’s criminal activities but the way it’s looking, it might take him to sue me (or rather, the publisher of this blog) for libel before the evidence of his corruption gets in front of a judge.