Category Archives: Labour Expenses and Dishonety

Hazel Blears vs Nadine Dorries

By Tory Aardvark

Disgraced former Communities Minister Hazel Blears on those nasty right wing bloggers, Smeargate and Labour Policy.

Somewhat conspicuous by her absence from public life since she a had spot of “car trouble” Blears gets nicely bitch slapped by Nadine.

Labour MP Tony McNulty Rebuked By The Committee on Standards and Privileges

By Tory Aardvark

tony-mcnulty

Another shamed trougher Tony McNulty

The same Committee on Standards and Privileges that recently white washed the Redditch Saddleback of nearly £100k’s worth of dubious second home expenses has in a possible one off judgement, actually found a Labour MP guilty and told him to payback £13,837. Aardvark is left wondering what Jacqui Smith has that Tony McNulty does not.

The Parliementary Commisioner John Lyon upheld a complaint that McNulty, Read the rest of this entry

Any Questions Tonight 20:00 Radio 4

By Tory Aardvark

Any Questions on Radio 4 promises to be interesting as Nadine Dorries is on the program with the Redditch Saddleback.

Promises to be a lot more exciting than Griffin as Nadine has a score to settle with Jacqui Smith.

A couple of tweets:

NadineDorriesMP I’m on Any Questions with Jacqui Smith. Hope a Q re AWS pops up!

NadineDorriesMP As a new scared MP sat on my first Public Bill commit Jaqui smith was very very nasty to me – I remember thinking, one day lady, one day.

Roast Pork anyone?

Update from Nadine after the show

NadineDorriesMP Jacqui Smith’s husband sat in the audience during AQ. Cringe moment when porno video came up. He works for her, both facing un-employment.

27th June 2007 Brown Becomes Prime Mentalist And The Country Sinks Into The Abyss

By Tory Aardvark

Two years and four months ago the cursed one eyed son of the Manse was a crowned Leader of the Labour Party and unfortunately for this country became Prime Minister.

Listen to the words he comes out in the video and then compare what he says with what he has done.

The economy ruined, reckless spending to try and stop the economic slide caused by his incompetence, selling the Armed Forces short, Lies and Smears against anyone who dare speak out against the Party and Dear Leader. The creation of the Labour Political Elite who are above the Law; the laws in some instances they have created.
From the whitewash to save the Attorney General to the latest cover up to protect the Redditch Saddleback, Brown his Labour Party and his Government are comparable only to one other country. Zimbabwe.

Labour Backbenchers Discontent Is Growing With Gordon Brown

By Tory Aardvark

Yesterday there were rumblings of discontent from 5 Labour MP about their Sir Thomas Legg repayments

Another mess I have got myself in

Another mess I have got myself in

Today the rumblings are getting stronger and even Labour Ministers are admitting that Gordon Brown has become the focus for backbench discontent.

Sir Thomas Legg has not worked out as Brown had hoped, it all backfired rather badly for the Prime Mentalist when Sir Thomas asked him for more than £12,000 in over claimed expenses.

MPs warned that the revolt would become even bigger if they are sent backdated tax bills by HM Revenue and Customs, which is investigating whether furniture and fittings bought under the “second homes” allowances should be regarded as a taxable benefit. “That would mean hitting us twice – one repayment for Legg, another for the tax man,” one Labour MP said.

Labour MP’s Threaten By-Election Nightmare For Gordon Brown

By Tory Aardvark

More bad news for Gordon Brown as the expenses scandal continues to cause damage to all parties, especially Labour.

Mixed messages from Brown and Harriet Harman about the Legg demands have done little to cast Brown in a positive light.

There are allegedly 5 Labour MP’s who are considering resigning immediately and forcing by-elections in safe seats, apparently their Legg demands are so big that this is the most economic way for them to hang on their ill gotten gains.

The message is simple: if Brown doesn’t curb Legg’s retrospective cap, then he faces a string of potentially devastating by-election losses. “It’s Gordon’s nightmare – by-elections in safe seats in the depths of winter,” says one source. more from Paul Waugh

When will MP’s of all parties wake up and do themselves some favours instead of clutching on to money they should never claimed for.

Labour MP’s Expenses And The Dawn Of Realisation

By Tory Aardvark

All together now The people's flag is deepest red......

All together now The people's flag is deepest red......

Gordon Brown and Harriet Harman are at odds with their MP’s expenses and Sir Thomas Legg’s findings.

The murmurings of bank bench discontent and revolt are stirring again with Alan Simpson the Labour MP for Nottingham South saying that if ordered by a Court he would only pay back £500.

Simpson then goes on to say that Brown has “rolled over” on expenses and the real leadership on the problem is coming from Harriet “You Know Who I Am Harman” Harman

The rebel MP added that even loyal Labour members – like those who criticized Brown at the party’s meeting on Monday night – were beginning to realise that the PM would sacrifice anyone and anything to keep himself in Number 10. more from Lobby Dog

So finally the Labour party is waking up to what the country already knows, Brown will do anything to hang on to the Prime Mentalist’s job and the only way to get rid of him is to prise his cold blue fingers off the keys to No 10

Thursday’s Caption Competition

By Tory Aardvark

Cabinet Meeting Downing Street 29/01/08

Jacqui Smith – Enough is Enough Say The People of Redditch

By Tory Aardvark

The mealy mouthed apology from Jacqui Smith has bombed badly with the voters in her Redditch constituency, as Gordon Brown’s Labour again let one of its own off the hook.
There is one rule of law for Labour politicians and one rule of law for the rest of the population.

Smith apology to HoC lasted less than 2 minutes

Smith apology to HoC lasted less than 2 minutes

The scandal of MP’s expenses has done little to improve the contempt that the public have for their politicians, how could the Standards and Privileges Committee seriously believe that a verdict like this would increase public trust in MP’s? On every occasion Labour has protected it’s own at the expense of the credibility and integrity of Parliament.

The actual makeup of the Standards and Privileges Committee on the day the verdict was reached was 5 Labour MP’s and 1 Conservative, so with a 5:1 majority Labour again protected one of it’s own and justice was not done.

With their usual arrogance Labour have just assumed it would all blow away and in due course Smith would be elevated to the House of Lords, after the General Election.

This time it looks unlikely as people have finally had enough of Labour and it’s one rule for us and one for them.

MPs’ expenses: campaign launched to deny Jacqui Smith peerage The Telegraph

MPs’ expenses: rebellion over ‘Lady Smith’ on the streets of Redditch

Photograph Andrew Fox

Photograph Andrew Fox

A campaign to remove Smith has gathered over 5,000 signatures, but Smith of course will not step down as her constituents “need her”.

The Redditch Advertiser has details of Smith’s grudging apology; the interesting part is the comments from the voters of Redditch.

As is so typical of the New Labour MP Smith will doubtless hang on until May for her gold plated pension and further opportunities to trough from the Public Purse.

MP’s Expenses More Weakness From Brown

By Tory Aardvark

Brown yet again shows how politically weak he his and tells his troughing MP’s they should pay back the money Sir Thomas Legg is not happy with.

David Cameron has demonstrated his political strength and warns MP’s that if they fail to comply they will be sacked.

After yesterday’s shameful whitewash of Jacqui Smith Brown should have done more.

*** Updated *** 07:00 pm

Interviewed on Sky News Harriet Harman maintains it’s not about party discipline and that MP’s should pay back the amount requested by Sir Thomas;  problem is Harriet there is a world of difference between should pay, and pay up, or cease to be an MP. It’s about courage, leadership, political will and strenght none of which Gordon Brown has.