Friday, 15 November 2013

Re-Renting is Surely Criminal?

Yesterday the Guido Fawkes blog named 62 Labour MP's who had been discovered 're-renting'.  I must admit that the term 're-renting' meant nothing to me until I opened the newspaper this morning and read that this practice was not just limited to Labour MP's.

What these disgraceful charlatans have been doing is renting their offices from unions and local constituency associations and paying for this accommodation from public funds.  In essence this means that they are funnelling public money into the coffers of their political backers.  Generally the rents are of course higher than the norm because if you are going to cheat the public you may as well make a good job of it.

Apparently and this is the rub, all of this is quite within the rules that the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) applies to their 'clients'. Now morally we would all recognise that using public money to fund your own backers should be regarded as being 'criminal' but of course if you have been morally corrupted then that would not apply! 

Here are the details.  The amounts involved are not peanuts.  It is no surprise to me personally that Ed Davey, the LibDem Energy Minister, appears to top the list.  He appeared on Question Time last night and he does not support the British public. He makes me queasy but he is not alone.  In effect they are all without scruple  and they have now been outed. In my opinion they should all be behind bars but if you continue to vote for them then you will get what you deserve.

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