Snouts In The Trough
Pictured above, an MP, it might be mine, it might be yours, the only certain thing is that they will be stuffing their wallets and bank balances as full of our money as they can.
All round hypocrite of the first order at the moment is probably Labour MP and Work Minister Tony McNulty. McNulty said recently that "he did not break any rules" and has acted in an ethical manner, he was commenting on the fact that he had claimed £60,000 of taxpayers money in the past few years as a second home allowance. Oddly though, McNulty's original home is something in the region of 11 miles away from Parliament, I am sure that there are hundreds of thousands of people who commute further than this every day.
It just seems at the moment that our elected MP's believe that they should pay for nothing at all out of their own pockets. According to figures published by the Daily Mail, my own MP, Mrs Anne Cryer earned in 2008 a basic salary of £64,766, on top of that she received pension contributions of £17,357, and then claimed expenses of £247,183. Now I do understand that some expenses claimed by MP's go towards valid outgoings such as the cost of office rentals, communications, postage and wages for office employees.
I also understand that our MP's claim money for transport, eating out, digital television sets, hi-fi systems, carpets, coffee tables and porn movies, the sort of day to day expense that the average working person just has to pay out of his wage after tax and NI deductions.
The Nu-Labour government who came to power partly by saying that they would be 'whiter than white' and would rid Parliament of 'Tory sleaze' are now deep in that mire themselves, they seem grab every opportunity to further line their own pockets whilst in their constituencies jobs are lost, homes are repossessed and the ensuing financial stress tears families apart. The Opposition are no better though, R5 news last week reported on the Tory MP who was also a property developer with a portfolio of around four dozen houses to his name, and who yet still had the outright cheek and utter lack of shame to claim a second home allowance in London.
Trust in our politicians is at its lowest ever ebb, the constant mealy mouthed prevarication and side stepping that we hear on a daily basis from the likes of Jacqui Smith is only serving to deepen the level of distrust that the public feel and will further alienate people from political involvement.
Our MP's really need to clean up their act, hypocrisy is the most unforgivable of sins in an MP. They earn an amount of money which seems fantastic to people who work long hours in the sort of jobs that keep the country running, the factory and dock workers, nurses and junior teachers, the call centre workers and the cooks, there are millions who work very hard for a fraction of even an MP's basic salary.
Where have all our political heroes gone ? Is their no-one left who is worthy of our trust ? I'd really love it if someone could write in and say something along the lines of "My MP is awesome, he doesn't claim vast wads of extra cash, he attends a high percentage of parliamentary debates and holds regular constituency sessions, and he does what he says he will do," but does such a mythical figure actually exist in British politics today today ?