posted on Jun, 14 2009 @ 03:38 PM
Glenys and Neil Kinnock have SIX state pensions
I know most people in the US will have no idea who these two are so here is some background information:
Wikipedia - Neil Kinnock
Neil Gordon Kinnock, Baron Kinnock, PC, (born 28 March 1942) is a Welsh politician. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1970 to 1995, and was
Leader of the Opposition and Labour Party leader from 1983 to 1992, when he resigned after being defeated in the 1992 general election. He served as a
UK Commissioner of the European Commission from 1995 until 2004, and is now Chairman of the British Council and President of Cardiff
Wikipedia - Glenys Kinnock
Glenys Elizabeth Kinnock (born Glenys Elizabeth Parry, 7 July 1944) is a Welsh politician who has been a Labour Party Member of the European
Parliament (MEP) since 1994. Before that, she was best known as the wife of Neil Kinnock, Leader of the Labour Party from 1983 to 1992. When Neil
Kinnock received a life peerage in 2005, Glenys became entitled to the style "Lady Kinnock", which she chose not to use.
Upon standing down as an MEP in the June 2009 European Parliamentary elections, Lady Kinnock was appointed Minister for Europe in a cabinet reshuffle
replacing Caroline Flint, and will join the House of Lords.
If anyone is not aware, politicians in the UK have become embroiled in a massive scandal arising from their expense system, used and abused by the
members of both houses (Lords and Commons) from all parties.
Here are some comments from the man Gordon Brown has brought in to reform MP's expenses:
MP's expenses 'shocked' watchdog
He said the committee had been "concerned" about the system of MPs' expenses and had had its "eye on it" for some time: "The truth is that
actually we proposed doing the study to Gordon Brown before he proposed it back to us."
"But until we had the revelations from the Daily Telegraph I don't think the committee had any idea of the depth of what was happening."
He added: "I was both surprised and I think it is fair to say, shocked."
Several politicians have been forced to step down due to the expenses scandal, including notably the Speaker of the House Michael Martin.
Q&A Speaker Martin to quit.
The Speaker of the House of Commons has been challenged by MPs to stand down in unprecedented scenes in the chamber.
Michael Martin did not mention his future in a statement on the expenses furore - instead setting out proposed action to reform the system.
He said he was "profoundly sorry" for his role and said all MPs must accept blame for the "terrible damage" done.
But a succession of MPs challenged him openly, saying they wanted a debate and a vote of no confidence in him.
This latest revelation that two public servants are entitled to SIX
pensions will not go down well.
I think it's disgusting, obscene. In fact it would be a major T&C violation if I were to tell you what I really think!
Any way, I know this was a bit long winded but I just added all the extra stuff for anyone outside the UK who isn't familiar with the greedy pigs
that run our country!
[edit on 14-6-2009 by kiwifoot]