Such a prescient, beautiful sentiment.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

The Fire Goes Out And The Looters Move In.

A briefcase belonging to a Member Of Parliament? Police are still unable to trace the owner.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009
MPs introduced new rules allowing them to claim £25 a night without a receipt
MPs have introduced new rules that allow them to claim £25 a night without producing a receipt.
The subsistence allowance, worth £9,125 a year, was introduced this month in a new parliamentary green book.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the rules were agreed by a small committee of MPs chaired by Speaker John Bercow and including Commons Leader Harriet Harman and her Tory shadow Alan Duncan.
The rules appear to have been approved without any debate in the Commons before MPs left for the summer recess.
In the wake of the expenses scandal in April, MPs voted for a series of measures that included the requirement of receipts for everything claimed.
But the green book for July, published on the Parliament website, states: "A flat-rate sum of £25 may be claimed for any night which a Member spends away from his or her main home on parliamentary business...
"No receipt is necessary in respect of the flat-rate payment for subsistence."

So that's sorted. Worth living in London all the time, for, I would suggest!
I imagine MPs living 30 miles or more up the road will be not going home until after mid-night! Was there really an outcry over this largesse? Seems a lifetime ago.


  1. That briefcase will be Blair's loose change. He was in such a hurry to leave to reap his American rewards for being such a good boy that he still won't have missed it.

  2. Had the package included halving the number of MP's, I might have been more sympathetic to this sort of deal.

  3. Not sure about this OR - I thought the Cons, LibDems and some Labour MPs spoke out against it and that Brown said, in his YouTube announcement, it wasn't due to come in until the next Parliament anyway. If it's true, the Kelly Inquiry next month will have something to say about it.

  4. There's a clear and present air of greed, arrogance, obnoxiousness and gluttony that continues to undermine public trust in politicians. It has not gone away, but at least some are trying to usher in a new era of humble public servanthood. For those who were found with their fingers in the till, their hands in the coffers, they will have become adjusted to such behaviour and continue to alienate their electorate. The new subsistence allowance goes against any real desire to reform the system and should be thrown out at the General Election.