Thursday, 21 May 2009

MP's Expenses - who was to blame?

Sometimes we get instincts about people. We just know that they are not to be trusted but we have nothing to back up the instinct. That is how I have always felt about Gordon Brown. It was just a feeling until I read a reader's letter in today's Daily Mail.

The letter explained that the extraordinary system where MPs have been allowed to be exempted from tax on allowances and expenses and which also covers second home allowances, 'expenses', concessions, privileges and gains on second homes occurred when the 2003 Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act was amended.

It was amended by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown and was nodded through the House without debate. We the public, the taxpayer, had no idea that Gordon Brown by his action probably smoothed the path for his swift and unopposed leap into No 10 Downing Street. He had just bribed everybody! That is why all his principle supporters are amongst the worst in Westminster for exceeding the moral authority of parliament.

Now 'Mugabe' Brown talks about reforming the system and how angry he is! It is bullshit! He brought about this shameful 'Troughgate' just as he has mismanaged the British economy and allowed the bankers to walk away with billions. He reneged on the promise for the referendum and sneakily signed more of our freedom away to Brussels.

Gordon Brown single handedly has done more harm to the reputation of this country, to democracy and to the people of the country than any other politician in history. He is very fortunate that we are a civilized country because if we weren't then he would deserve a very public humiliation. There is still time!


bewick said...

Actually Mrs T brought into being this shameful system. I have LITTLE doubt that were she still in power then it would have been used only for the intended purpose - to avoid MPs being out of pocket by having to pay for extra accommodation either in London or the constituency. Totally justified recompense.

It would NOT have been allowed to degenerate into a tax free gravy train on HER watch!

bryboy said...

Yes I think that she introduced it but I have a funny feeling that Gordon 'adjusted' it some time later!