January 29th, 2009

Integrity is Non-negotiable

Posted in Not the Job by 200

The fact that I am able to post something today is testament to my superior IT skills in upgrading my laptop; it’s still alive & able to do laptop-type things, hurrah!

I was reminded this week about a recent posting where an MP was complaining about police officers earning extra money. I entitled the item ‘Standards of a double nature”. The subject has reared its head this week, firstly with the allegations that some of the most privileged people in the land aren’t averse to lining their pockets with even more free cash by offering to accept money to influence legislation.

“We’ve done nothing wrong” they say in the House of Lords, well they would, wouldn’t they? I guess there is a fine line between taking a bribe and offering consultancy.

Then, today we see the case of that other MP, Derek Conway, who was censured last year for paying his youngest son lots of tax payers’ cash for doing work he never actually did. This week he’s been told to repay several grand for overpaying his oldest son for similar ‘work’. His family managed to get quarter of a million quid between them from expenses.

Then there is/was the John  Lewis list where MPs can choose all manner of goodies for their second houses, not to mention all the ‘consultancy fees’ while they have a full-time job as an MP. At least the Lords don’t get paid for being in the House.

And while we’re at it, I might as well throw in the cash for questions debacle & the goverment giving seats in the House of Lords to people who have donated to the party, or offering lordships to disgraced MPs who have had to resign several times due to various indiscretions (Mandelson, among others). And it’s OK to be a convicted criminal & be in the House fo Lords (Archer).

Don’t talk to me about bloody politicians.

(I know, you didn’t)

(And of course I accept that there are lots of MPs & Lords who do the job because they truly want to make life better for us, they’re not all money-grabbing, corrupt, selfish individuals who should be in prison)

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  1. Stuart says:

    But the jails are full, so surely they’d get 200 hours community service and a 6 month sentence, suspended for 3 years?

    Oh, and they’d only need to pay back a pathetic proportion of the money they were given in the first place.

    January 30th, 2009 at 00:43

  2. James says:

    The Lords do get paid for being in the house – when they’re there.

    Having said that though, Robert Winston was on TV last night pointing out that for most Lords (and Ladies) going to the HoL is actually a pay cut from what they would normally get paid for that day in industry.

    He also stated that due the fact that the HoL has many leaders in their respective fields there, they are quite likely to have a declared interest in that field. It was also pointed out that there is a view that if a Lord does not have a declared interest in a topic, they’re not worth listening to, as they don’t know what they’re talking about.

    Although from what I hear about these 4 ‘peers’, it very much seems like a bung. They would only be getting paid due to position they hold, not for anything they personally bring to the table.

    On coppers not being able to have second jobs, I think that MPs want that, then the same applies to them.

    January 30th, 2009 at 11:40

  3. Tony F says:

    I think that MPs should not have a second job. Come on, I wouldn’t trust most of them to flip burgers. Secondly, they are all paid too much for what little they do anyway.

    January 30th, 2009 at 17:46

  4. Berdoo da says:

    Well, politicians get paid in power, too. They get to live out their megalomaniacal impulses, creating little things, programs, whatever, getting shown on the television, getting to have staff to boss around, etc. etc. Your average politician is paid plenty, in most parts of the world. They often set their own salaries, after all.

    January 30th, 2009 at 23:55

  5. Plodnomore says:

    The only difference between those sitting on seats in the HofL and those sitting on seats in prison cells is the ermine. Once someone becomes a politician they agrre to sell their souls.

    February 3rd, 2009 at 21:00

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