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Brown to repay £12,415 expenses

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posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 12:36 PM
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The British PM will have to pay back some of his expenses. This was after an independant audit of the MPs' expenses. I did not know that cleaning and gardening costs 12000



Prime Minister Gordon Brown will repay £12,415 after an independent audit of all MPs' expenses claims since 2004.

Downing Street confirmed he would repay the money, largely for cleaning and gardening, even though the claims had been within the rules at the time.


Source: news.bbc.co.uk...




posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 01:20 PM
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Good, how about the billions he wasted on big government, public sector, the gold reserves fire sale, the sale of westinghouse, pensions tax relief, welfare for all.
god the list goes on, the man was a disaster! we will be paying for his largesse for generations.
I used to think he was a tragic figure, always meaning to do well but always failing.now i just think hes a n.w.o socialist fifth colulmist.



posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 01:39 PM
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If I remember correctly, the issue with his cleaning expenses was that his cleaner was cleaning both his and his brothers houses. Looks to me like his brother was getting his house cleaned at our expense.



posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 01:40 PM
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The fact is, the MP'S were to scared to raise their wages to what they thought they should be paid, so made the expenses so vast and the rules so vague soit could be made up here.

MP'S do an important job whether people care to admit it or not, and not all now go in based on belief and idelogy, for some its now a career, and we should be paying them more in a way to attract some of the best and brightest away from bussiness, where the money is greater.



posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 08:01 PM
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Originally posted by Peruvianmonk
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The fact is, the MP'S were to scared to raise their wages to what they thought they should be paid, so made the expenses so vast and the rules so vague soit could be made up here.


I never thought of it that way.......if thats true it makes the whole situation far far worse in my opinion.

Scared MPs creating and hiding behind vague rules to get what they think they deserve? I'd much rather they were caught blatently fiddling.



posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 05:48 PM
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I agree, i assume they felt if they tried to raise their wages through an act of Parliament, it would be open to the Press who would no doubt have mercilessly attacked it arguing they were not worth all this money. MP'S in the UK are actually paid comparitively less than many on the continent and across the World.www.thefirstpost.co.uk... e-india-politics

Now this isn't an excuse for the massive amount of dodgey expenses allowed, although it is definitley a reason. Obviously the whole thing has backfired on them, as expenses will contract and there is absolutely no chance of the MP'S getting through a pay increase now or in the forseeable future.

There is also the argument that MPS are in fact very well paid and fall into the 3 highest % of British wage earners.www.kuwaitobserver.com...

I am not trying to be an apoligist for the MP'S many of whom have acted disgracefully and should be prosucuted where they have broken the law, i'm just trying to put it into some kind of context instead of jumping on the media bandwagon



posted on Oct, 17 2009 @ 07:14 AM
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.......and it's about time too. make him pay it all back and send a HAND written letter to every person in the UK to ask for forgiveness or i would have no problems with letting him keep the money he stole and i'd pardon him on the pretense that he quit government and return to his own planet to annoy them for a while and let us get back to it.

Watching this government suck the country dry to line their own pockets and those of their families as well makes me angry as hell and how long does it need to go on before it is stopped



posted on Oct, 17 2009 @ 07:33 AM
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I suspect what we have seen so far is really just the tip of the iceberg. Years of submitting expenses, often without the need for receipts, switching second homes multiple times to milk more thousands from the system, but all within the rules....... which they made! I thought the best one was the Tory MP - I forget his name - who was paid tens of thousands of taxpayers money to rent a London apartment, that his own company owned. Talk about corrupt!

Of course, their "get out of jail free" card, is that they were acting within the rules at the time. THAT DOES NOT MAKE IT RIGHT THOUGH.


Even those who are being forced to stand down at the next election get to keep their jobs until then, with a big bonus payment at the end and their full pension rights. That too is just a big slap in the face to every hard working tax paying person in the country who has had to support these criminals for years.



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