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Anthony Steen said public "jealousy" was fuelling the furore and claimed that taxpayers have no right to see the details of individual MPs' claims.
Mr Steen made his comments in a BBC interview shortly after announcing that he would be standing down at the next election. His decision came after it emerged that he claimed £87,729 over four years to maintain his country house. "And you know what it's about? Jealousy. I have got a very, very large house. Some people say it looks like Balmoral"
Originally posted by SugarCube
An accurate and tempered response to what is a shameful state of affairs, starred and flagged my friend! This kind of attitude will hurt the Tories and I am surprised that he wasn't jumped on before he could utter a word. The fact that he is "standing down" is irrelevant as we all know that mud sticks.
I an continually appalled that MPs still use the Nuremberg Defence, "... but it was all allowed so why shouldn't we do it?" How about having the moral conviction to realise something is wrong and to change it - they are supposed to be the country's leaders after all. What happened to "setting a good example?" Yes, I know that is pie in the sky stuff and we can expect even less from people in positions of power than the average Joe who works at the local factory (well, it it hadn't been shut down due to the financial crisis!).
How can a person claim to have "their moat cleaned" and yet not have a flicker of moral dilemma? How is that possible? Even if you decide, "Ahh, f*ck it, the taxpayer can afford it..." and go ahead with it at least stand up and admit that you'd never had it so good.
I see an MP paying for his daughter's flat on expenses. What? Did you read that correctly? Yes, Ian Gibson and senior Labour MP claimed almost £80,000 in 4 years for mortgage interest and bills on a London flat which was the home of his daughter. Get this, she lived there with her boyfriend rent-free, with all bills paid by the taxpayer, for several years after the MP bought it.
I wasn't as eloquent as the OP but it winds me up so much!
Originally posted by Freeborn
Party Politics has failed us miserably.
Originally posted by MacDonagh
What do you expect?! He's a Tory!
PROTIP: they think we're serfs that are meant to fund their extravagant lifestyle.
"We have a wretched Government here that has completely mucked up the system and caused the resignation of me and many others, because it was this Government that introduced the Freedom of Information Act and it is this Government that insisted on the things which caught me on the wrong foot."
Must be common practice to blame everyone else but themselves for the predicament they find themselves in.
Originally posted by happinness
Funny how some rich people like say ing that! What they fail to realise is that most people are happy in their own skin. I certainly am! Even tho i'm not rich, i am happy with the way i look and the way i conduct myself in life. I wouldn't swap for anyone's shoe's. I don't want a house that resembles Balmoral. I love my house.
These so called politicans make me sick and the people that irritate me most are braggers. You can't take it with you. This false assumption that money and status protects you is very false and misleading.
I hope that all the politcans from all parties that have been sponging off the taxpayers for so long are removed from their posts forthwith and are appropriately investigated by the powers that be.
When ordinary peple are suffering from loosing their home's, job's etc, these people should be ashamed of themselves! As for Hazel Blears, she should go now. Was it her who's brother s a bus driver? I wonder what he thinks of his sisters overlooked greed and that of her so called colleagues?
We need politicans for the people, not these smug egotisitical idiots that are as far removed from the real world that they can possibly be! Robbing us at the same time. Name me one thing a politican has done lately for the greater good of the people of this country? I can't think of anything, since Tony Blair came into power and unfortunately for him Bush recked all that by eating his soul!