So we hear that Nadine Dorries is to remain ‘whipless’ until she is able to demonstrate that she has rebuilt trust with her colleagues and her constituents.
This decision is made by another politician whose expenses have risen by circa £10,000 for the year 2010-2011 compared to2009-2010. Oh, but it is once again acceptable because all that additional money was claimed within the rules.
George Young is the MP for Northwest Hampshire, nearest rail station being Basingstoke which is but a 15/20 minute drive from his main home, yet he claim for the mortgage interest on a second home in the City of Westminster.
This MP, it should be recalled, as Minister for Housing in 1992 when asked during parliamentary discussions of the Armley Asbestos Disaster in Armley for financial assistance in surveying local housing in the Armley area for residual asbestos responded that the government would not provide financial assistance to the home owners or the council to pay for decontamination, as this “would not be a justifiable use of public funds.” He is also the MP who, while Minister for Housing, caused controversy by saying “The homeless are what you step over when you come out of the opera.” (Wikipedia).
No doubt this MP, along with a few others, believes that a commute of about an hour – one which plenty of the public make- necessitates a second home for which the public should contribute and that that is a justifiable use of public funds.
And the political class wonder why they are so reviled by we milch cows………