Sunday, 31 May 2009
I am the very model of a modern Parliamentarian,
I've nothing but contempt for the humble proletarian
I'm anti- drink, I'm anti-smoke, and I'm chastely ecological,
I quote from Hansard and I'm never logical
I've learned to speak at conferences, colloquia and seminars
I've even sent impassioned pleas to European commissars
I never miss a photo op because it's free publicity
I smile, shake hands, kiss babies and praise everyone's ethnicity.
He is the very model of the modern parliamentarian
He's nothing but contempt for the humble proletarian
There is no universal law, that I must live a life of sleaze
Nor is there proof the world is fair, nor that I should do as you would please
I know the code of Green Book Law and which receipts are optional
I bolster up my claims with fabrications risible
Of moats, and porn, and mortgages invisible
Those claims are valid; the Green Book's a revelation
It says we can, and there's no taxation
The claims are valid, the Green Book a revelation
It says he can and there's no taxation
You get nowt from Fees office if you can't show your claim to it
But we never fear de-selection by our constituencies
We wrote the rules, that's why they're lax
And we rely on you to pay the tax
That's why I think I am invincible
The laws of this great land of ours were written with a lot of thought
So when I violate them, it's important that I not get caught.
The laws of this great land of ours were written with a lot of thought
So when he violate them, it's important that he not get caught.
My financial pursuits have caused a few to say I'm cynical
I can say I'm not and not be one ounce hypocritical
When wreathes are laid, I cough and clear my phlegm
I'm confident that someone else will pay for them
I serve on 10 committees, none of which do anything
I formulate agendas and debate them with the rest of them
But don't ask me to implement, I leave that to the rest of them
Yes, the Green Book will save this troughing riparian,
He is the very model of a modern parliamentarian
I'll guard the health of my pension by self-interest most astute:
I realise that you voters find my avarice quite vital
I'll give back your money if you can prove your title
And spin the tale with arguments convolute
Until my lofty rhetoric and arguments meticulous
Inspire shouts of laughter and the hearty cry, 'Ridiculous!'
Until his lofty rhetoric and arguments meticulous
Inspire shouts of laughter and the hearty cry, 'Ridiculous!'
I love to say at any chance that everything is relative
And prove it with statistics showing nothing is correlative
About this act I haven't even moments of remorsefulness
I have the utmost confidence in the whips' resourcefulness
So though we have run quite amok, we readily will go away
If for my worthless time, you were an extra £60,000 to pay.
In short, with economy shrunken and democracy gone,
For all my years of graft, my C.V. is just one line long
He was an MP and now he has gone
Oh yes, he has gone, but there's more of the same on the way,
There's more of the same on the way.
Whilst Rome burns and Caligula appoints a horse as his consul, whilst the barbarians amass at the gates and our servants plunder our wealth, a fellow seditionary has given me a letter from Caeser himself.
Friday, 29 May 2009
There is a general national mood for reform of the way we are governed at present, I never thought it would be a global recession coupled with the expenses row that would bring it about.
However there are two types of Reform being proposed at present, one is that of the three main parties tinkering around the edges, setting up scrutiny committees dah de dah de dah- and the other one from frustrated members of the public who want this ‘Rotten Parliament ‘ cleared out now, not next month, not next year but now with a General Election.
Both presuppose that the ‘system’ will plod on much the same as before with a few bolt ons, a ‘recall’ system which I think is a given now that it has support from just about everybody, and fixed term Parliaments which is also gaining strong support. I think Cleggy has got it right, no summer hols until you sort this out, and involve the people in a Referendum on the Constitution- NO MORE TOP DOWN EVER- I am firmly in the STV/AV+ camp and have been for thirty years, I am not terrified of everybody having a say in how the country is run, and would have the Swiss Cantonal system here tomorrow morning. Switzerland and Germany run effectively with devolved power, and we desperately need a written Constitution with checks and balances in favour of individual Liberty against the State, not one that presupposes vice versa as Straw would have.
All of this chat is very well, but the one major reform above all else is the way we finance Government.
What should we pay to central Government for-
The Libertarian view is only two- Defence and Foreign Relations. Number of MP’s needed 100 tops
Everything else can be delegated to the County level, including tax raising powers.
( You will not get somebody risking robbing you blind if they are standing next to you in Tesco’s checkout, and no need for second homes and 800 inch TV’s)
How do you raise Revenue-?
The system that currently operates where the State deprives you of your money before you get it (PAYE) has to end, if you had to write out a large cheque every year you would think about what it was being spent on and would be interested in politics, rather than feeling you had been mugged and could do nothing about it.
The system where companies large and small are under the obligation to act as unpaid Tax collectors has to end, along with it the threats to companies from the hirelings of HMRC. Companies are set up to make profits for the shareholders, NOT to be an extension of the State. End deductions at source for Court fines, the Child Support Agency, this is nothing but a burden on industry, if the State is going to impose these sanctions let the State collect the money. The insidious use of private enterprise to do the States bidding must end, ie Tesco’s and ID cards.
Lastly not one, not one organisation should be in receipt of a penny of the public purse unless the Board are elected. This goes for the Police, including the Chief Constable, every Quango, Private enterprise like ACPO and the fake charities.
Deprive the State of Money, it will wither and die, the corruption happens because it can, because they are taking our money without consent and under the threat of violence or loss of Liberty.
You can only change your Constitution through the destruction of your Society caused by War, or in times of Economic Stress/Crisis. This moment in peacetime will not come for decades, we should not waste this time.
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Mr Cash told the paper that "what is lawful is appropriate" but he would repay the money if required to.
At least 14 ministers are also facing serious questions about their tax affairs after it emerged they employed private accountants.
Only a handful of ministers have admitted paying the tax owed on financial advice paid by the public purse. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has failed to respond to question over their own detailed tax payments.
The initial police investigations are believed to be focusing on former environment minister Elliot Morley, who claimed £16,000 in expenses over 18 months for a mortgage that had been paid off; and David Chaytor, who claimed £13,000 “in error” for a home loan that had also been repaid.
Cabinet ministers Alistair Darling and Geoff Hoon and Labour peer Baroness Uddin are also said to be the subject of complaints. Mr Darling has come under fire for changing the designation of his second home and claiming back more than £3,000 in stamp duty and legal fees. Mr Hoon has also been criticised for maximising his allowances by changing his second home designation.
Police are examining an earlier complaint about Employment Minister Tony McNulty, who claimed £60,000 or a house in which his parents live.
Met Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, have set up a panel to assess if MPs should face a criminal investigation.
Inquiries have been carried out by a team led by acting commander Nigel Mawer. Police say it is crucial to establish details of the arrangements between the fees office and MPs.
One senior Yard source said: “On the face of it there would appear to be cases of fraud but the difficulty we face is we have to prove a criminal intent and we have to understand the relationship between the fees office and MPs.”
Once a National Socialist, always a National Socialist. Up the Unions!
The joint Police/ Mental Health unit have so far rounded up 168 people who have an unhealthy interest in well, anything and nine people (six white, north European males, one white, south European male, two white, north European females) have been sent off to the funny farm on the orders of the Police. Yes, the Police.
Good job you may say. The less nutters walking the streets the better.
Word is reaching my ear that a vocal critic of Jacqui Smith MP has now been contacted by his GP and summoned to attend a mental health assessment, on personal orders from the Home Secretary herself.
Wouldn’t it be an interesting world if critics of Politicians were dragged off to Psychiatric Hospitals by the Police “for their own good”.
How very “totalitarian”.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
She was therefore given permission to increase her mortgage by £50,000, leaving the taxpayer to pay the higher interest costs on the loan. However, it emerged that her brother, Ian, lived at the flat and did not pay rent. Her family had not increased in size since 2000.
Miss Kirkbride said the “arrangement” had “no cost to the taxpayer” but that claim was undermined yesterday when she admitted that she claimed for the costs of building the extra bedroom so that her brother and son did not have to share a room.
Come on Iain Dale. Defend that.
“Rubbish” they say. “Stop over reacting” they wail.
Well, we are now the 5th most Electronic Police State in the World. In fact, only well organised Dictatorships can beat the UK when it comes to storing and searching every little piece of information about you. The harmless citizen.
2nd North Korea
The 17 criteria that were used to define an electronic police state are listed below:
Daily documents: How much is required day-to-day for residents to present state-issued identity documents or registration.
Border issues: What is demanded for a border entry.
Financial tracking: The state’s ability to search and record financial transactions.
Gag orders: The penalties for revealing to someone else the state is searching their records.
Anti-crypto laws: Bans on cryptography.
Constitutional protections: Either a lack of protections or someone overriding them.
Data storage: The state’s ability to record and keep what it uncovers.
Data search: The processes to search through data.
ISP data retention: The demand for ISPs to save customers’ records.
Telephone data retention: States’ requirements for communications companies to record and save records.
Cell phone records: The saving and using of cell phone users’ records.
Medical records: Demands from states that medical records retain information.
Enforcement: The state’s ability to use force (SWAT teams) to seize someone.
Habeus corpus: Either an absence of such rights or someone overriding them.
Police-Intel barrier: the absence of a barrier between police and intelligence organizations.
Covert hacking: State operatives meddling in data on private computers covertly.
Loose warrants: Warrants that are being issued without careful review of police claims by a truly independent judge.
Draper is now a practising Christian:
How come lying, deceit and leaving personal ethics in the the gutter is now the route to 'finding God'. Jonathan Aitken and Tony Blair being notable practitioners of 'Big God'. This involves not personal reflection, a personal set of ethics that most of the world shares' treat others as you would like to be treated', but 'Big God', The Catholic Church,Evangelism etc setting up Foundations, being seen to be 'holier than thou' at prayer or declaiming their 'faith' in public or the papers.
The rehabilitation of Draper has begun, courtesy of the Guardian and the Hay on Wye Festival.
I was at Hay on Sunday. Never go there to be intellectually challenged. It is the soft left Nivarna. You can strut as a well heeled 'intellectual' having your prejudices about the righteousness of your 'cause reconfirmed without having to soil yourself with having to confront the great unwashed and poor. I set the kids a game how may pseudo Trotsky look alikes can you count today. Defined as at least one piece of faux military clothing, a goatee grey/white, a mao hat or Keffiyah clutching a signed copy of something by Polly Toynbee/Chris Mullin/Monty Don. Saving the world by drinking coffee ground between the thighs of young ethnic coffee growers in some far off land, that you are also trying to put out of work, by buying locally grown coffee beans in Dewsbury so that you can save the planet by not indulging in food miles.
Twenty two was the final count in a three hour period, all caught on mobile phones as proof.
And did those feet in ancient time. Walk upon England's mountains green?, dunno- but Derek Draper in sackcloth and ashes certainly has this week.
So there we have it, a conservative 325 MP's are due to lose their seats at the next election. Thats surely enough to start a few monasteries,nunneries or ashrams when they have all found God.
Paying the money back after you have been caught is not good enough. I want you to clear your names in court.
MPS PAYING BACK EXPENSES CLAIMS
Lady Sylvia Hermon
Sir Menzies Campbell
Julie Kirkbride, soon to be an ex mp, a thief , liar and fraud is still desperate to cling to the trappings of power, the money, the perks, the privilege. As an elected representative of the people of Bromsgrove, she has siphoned every penny she could and many she shouldn’t from the over worked over burdened taxpayer.
Her husband pocketed thousands. Her sister (100 miles away) works as her “executive secretary” (paid for by us) her brother helped himself to £1K of IT gear and of course, she “has done nothing wrong”
Yesterday, the bricks began to fly. One was thrown through the window of her local conservative association in disgust.
Let me just repeat that. Conservative voters have begun throwing housebricks at Conservative Party offices. Genteel middle Englanders with Morgans and wicker furniture in the conservatory are now hurling bricks at their ex heroes. People who mow the lawn every Saturday are now looking for the pitchforks in their immaculate garden sheds.
If I were you Julie, I’d be on the first plane out of here. It won’t be long before your constituents start rubbing you down with a housebrick instead.
Police have launched an investigation after pranksters spray-painted ducks outside Sir Peter Viggers' office in Gosport.
"Sir Peter spent last week in America on a £59,000 trip with fellow members of the Treasury select committee to discuss the recession."
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Iain Dale has gone thermonuclear, demanding that those who pay the piper, call the tune.
Iain was a guest of the Conservative Friends of Israel on a recent all expenses paid tour of er... Israel. Shortly before the piper..er..Israel bombed the shit out of Palestinian children for having the nerve to be er... Palestinian. In Palestine
Fuck you Iain. Fuck you very, very much
Wikipedia have just admitted that a Labour apparatchik named David Boothroyd, councillor for Westminster's Westbourne ward, has resigned after being revealed as the person behind the alias 'Sam Blacketer' who was involved in editing the on-line encyclopaedia.
Under the name Sam Blacketer, Labour soldier David Boothroyd edited one particular article more than any other: the article on Conservative Party leader David Cameron. On May 15, Boothroyd changed the photo on the David Cameron entry, preferring one "not carrying saintly overtones."
Elected by the Wikipedia community at large, the Arbitration Committee resolves site disputes and serves as the final word on site policy. In the wake of Boothroyd's resignation, the community is discussing whether it should review the 18 months of Wiki court cases in which Boothroyd cast a vote.
These people are the most insidious, devious, sinister, control freaks in existence.
Because one little man from Old Holborn took the decision that if the police were not going to pursue her over her expense claims, he would. Just issue a summons against them at your local magistrates court. Simples/
He said: "If you believe a Member of Parliament is guilty of fraud, go to your nearest magistrates court, type out four lines alleging the fraud and ask for a summons."
The case will be heard again at the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on 26 June.
Little people can now change the world. Be one of them
The Independent Police Complaints Commission said he was not guilty of "deliberate deception".
Whoops I shredded/deleted/burnt the evidence, Good God Almighty How many of us would get away with this, and have the benefit of our mates judging us.
There you go, you can blow an innocent man's head off in this country and get away with it, if you have the connections.
Guido is reporting Jacqui Smith Fraud hearing 26th June 2009- Joy to the world ! So a bit of Ying and Yang from the boys in blue today.
I have never felt the State to be my ally, not while it is dipping in and out of my wallet, my company's wallet,money that could be better spent in expanding the business, training young people, investing in the future insteading of funding faux jobs in the public sector and a moutain of troughing MP's.
Can it only be nine months ago since Cameron stood up in front of the Tories and said I am not a Libertarian, pooh poohed 'The Plan' by Carswell and Hannan, in favour of caring sharing Conservatism, ie Tory MP's sharing our money with their Ducks,Mistresses, Wives, Secretaries, Boyfriends, not neccesarily in that order.
Destiny Dave is in a blue funk, his personal destiny to be PM is under threat by the backlash to come. How long this reforming zeal is going to last who can tell, on past performance with Blue/Green politics about six months.
Monday, 25 May 2009
No More Top Down Solutions To Our Rotten Constitution, A Constitutional Convention And English Parliament Now
I am sick of spending the last thirty years of my life disenfranchised- so STV or AV plus. The only assembly that does not have some form of PR is Westminster. There must be an end to 'safe' seats.
An English Parliament in the Commons, and if so desired by Scotland,Wales,Ulster and Kernow, a Federal Parliament to replace the House of Lords to deal with Defence and Foreign affairs.
Return all other functions of the State to Regional or County Level
End all 'professional' politicians, how can a twenty four year old with zero life experiance become an MP !
A Swiss style cantonal system is what is desperatly needed, if the North East wants to be a socialist region- fine, if the South-West wants to be a Libertarian/Social Democrat region - fine. Just do not ask the South West to fund Socialism when it has not voted for it. If Kernow wants to re establish the Stannary Parliament and organise it constitutional position on the lines of Jersey, it should go for it.
Our current Constitutional 'fit up' ended in 2009 courtesy of this Darien Government and this Rotten Parliament. The sooner the likes of Alan Johnson take over at the top of the Labour Party,the better. People who understand that it has all come unravelled.
Brown is in denial, Cameron is panicking to get 'successful' people into the Conservative Party to replace the dross that are leaving under a cloud or were only ever lobby fodder sitting there for decades on a sinecure of cheap booze and expenses. What is certain is that will not be business as usual
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Saturday, 23 May 2009
Guthrum this morning wonders whether we may already have undergone a military coup - I fret about our future at the hands of our children.
Our children, and our grandchildren, will certainly look back on these days with a profound and justified grievance.
We have stood by whilst all vestige of our democracy was trashed, and the reputation of our parliamentarians traduced - by themselves certainly - but reinforced by the notion that they cannot be trusted to add two and two and make five, nor understand the very rules and laws that we employ them to write, and thus must be overseen by non-elected apparatchiks appointed by the ruling clique.
We quietly acquiesce whilst a Chief Constable, and the Speaker of the House of Commons publicly defy the Rule of Law.
Our broadcasting media beam out press releases naming 'suspects' in a private investigation as though they had the authority of Parliament and the Home Office behind them.
We have saddled them with an untold mountain of debt, which they must work to pay off whilst supporting our demographic bulge with its demands for stair lifts, carers and expensive medications.
'Let Children Learn About Guns, says Countryside Alliance'.
National Shooting Week director Rob Gray said: Shooting teaches control, discipline, responsibility and courtesy – qualities to make every parent or head teacher proud.
Perhaps we should agree to this - at least if the feral rats can shoot straight we may be granted a merciful end.
OH Update: I have long campaigned for every reader to apply for a shotgun licence. Imagine the look on Plods face when he's asked by Brown to deal with 20 million gun owners
They still don't get it, they delude themselves at their own public meetings
They are a morally defeated army still fighting the next war with the 'tactics of the last war'
Andrew Hunt the Libertarian Party Candidate in Cambridgeshire is gratifyingly coming under fire from the local blue rinse brigade, who are adopting the how dare you stand here, this is 'true blue' country stance.
The fact is, the Libertarian party is so desperately unlikely to get elected to anything much beyond very local seats in very close-fought places. Perhaps a true Libertarian is showing they are “principled” by placing their vote with you, by some people’s reckoning, but they might as well vote for a Martian.
Steve Tierney- Cambridgeshire Tory Hopeful
Well Steve, my old fruit, got some bad news for you, you may have reduced the other parties to putting up 'paper' candidates because this is a no win area area, but safe seats are not indicative of a healthy democracy. It is indicative of a sclerotic, corrupt, no alternative choice, buggins turn political system that we have suffered under since 1945.
Since the triumph of Butskillism, the Tories and Labour have tried to out do each other in spending our money on wasteful projects
The Tories do not get it, Cameron does not get, you need to send a message and vote for independents and the minor parties ( except ones that subscribe to 'Hail Spode' economics)
Kick them, and kick them hard, restore a semblance of Democracy in England on June 4
Friday, 22 May 2009
The one thing that has astounded me was the ease with which shadowy figures with links to the security services, the military and special forces have accumulated the dirt on the 'Rotten Parliament' and have dealt the political classes the Coup De Grace
I believe we have had the modern equivalent of Monck's 1660 crossing of the Coldstream, The Monarchy had been flashing signals at No 10 for the last few months, a very public, private meeting with the Governor of the Bank of England followed by the Chief of the Defence Staff on the 25th March, whilst Brown was absent making a fool of himself abroad. Since that date there has been some very 'frank exchanges of view between the Palace and No 10. At some stage a camarilla apparently decided to strike.
One can only hope that a new era of professionalism and diligence will now take root as our parliamentary system reforms itself.
As a man who served Queen and country in the Armed Forces, I feel proud to have played my part in what the Telegraph rightly describes as “a very British revolution”.
John Wick appears a 'sound sort of chap' who could be relied up to run a black op, against the unelected Brown, who effected a Palace Coup against Blair. Vince Cable was talking of a British Coup the same day.
The stealth like disposal of McBride courtesy of Guido Fawkes on April 11th, by the judicious use of leaked emails.
Was the 'tipping point' for 'others' to take action the events in Luton on March 12, whe it became apparent that Brown and Jackboot Jacqui had lost control of the Streets as well of the economy.
When you have senior Policemen like Hartshorn talking of the summer of rage as early as February 12th this year, and Peter Oborne publishing the Triumph of the Political Classes on 17th September 2007, the writing has been on the wall.
The Convention on Modern Liberty earlier in the year, that I attended, it all gels.
Have we just lived through a coup backed by the Security services that has effectively destroyed the political classes without a shot being fired ?
If we have, Brown is now barely clinging to power, and the weak Cameron is not going to be awarded the top job with a faux 'landslide' majority.
All eyes on June 4th, when we get to play our part in bringing an end to the 'Rotten Parliament'.
We should all work towards a society that values individual Liberty over sleaze,secret cameras, an overblown State. Our day is coming !
Whoops- I think I might be an International Socialist
The Archbishop of Canterbury is not only a disaster for the Church of England, he is a complete idiot.
"Please stop being nasty to the thieving politicians, it's upsetting them!"
Rowan, you fucking imbecile, you may live in a fucking Palace and be immune to common sense or reality, but the rest of us poor fucking down trodden taxpayers are a bit upset ourselves.
So fuck off.
The government is failing, as war and economic catastrophe are dealt with in increasingly unconvincing fashion by second-rate public servants. There is, for the first time in a generation, a sense of revolution brewing.
This is not today's Britain. It is England in 1381, the year that witnessed one of the greatest popular risings in our history: the Peasants' Revolt.
Towns and villages from Somerset to Scarborough rose against their rulers, beating and sometimes killing MPs, lawyers, landowners and politicians, tearing down their homes and vandalising their land.
At the heart of the rising was a march on London on Corpus Christi weekend (Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 June).
Traditionally this was a time of mystery plays and festive processions. In 1381, the main procession consisted of villagers from the Thames estuary marching along the pilgrim road between Canterbury and London, burning houses and taking political prisoners as they protested against their venal, incompetent masters.
When the protestors, led by their general Wat Tyler and the maverick preacher John Ball, reached London, they found they had significant common cause with the townsmen.
The London populace bore long-held grudges towards their own ruling elites - which included the oligarchic, super-rich merchant traders in the City as well as the hapless courtiers who governed in the name of 14-year old King Richard.
So the town mice opened their gates to the country mice, and together they all set about the cats.
At first there were organised protests, attacks on specific, symbolic landmarks: the Savoy Palace, home of the powerful and unpopular duke of Lancaster, was burned to the ground; the Temple, home of the legal profession, was sacked. Prisons were broken open and the Tower of London, where the government had holed up, was besieged.
Demonstrations became riots. A chopping block was set up at Cheapside, where the street ran sticky with the blood of the condemned.
The Archbishop of Canterbury had his head hacked off on Tower Hill. The Treasurer was murdered, as - in Suffolk - was a Chief Justice.
Some 140 Flemish merchants and their families were butchered on the banks of the Thames, in a shocking xenophobic massacre.
But for the luck of the young king, Richard II, and the fortitude of a few good men around him led by Mayor of London, William Walworth, the City would have been burned to the ground.
Tyler and his mob were eventually defeated at Smithfield, but it took nearly six months to calm the rest of the country.
The summer of discontent left a profound mark on the English political consciousness.
A few lines written, prior to the rebellion, by the Kentish poet John Gower, were suddenly recognised as an important tenet of government.
"There are three things of such a sort that they produce merciless destruction when they get the upper hand," he wrote.
"One is a flood of water, another is a raging fire and the third is the lesser people, the common multitude; for they will not be stopped by either reason or by discipline."
I have thought many times during the past months that our politicians would benefit from revisiting the events of the Peasants' Revolt.
In many ways it is a tale of mutual misunderstanding: the ordinary folk thought the worst of their politicians, and politicians saw their people as an economic resource, to be taxed and tormented as the necessities of government demanded.
This government, like the government in 1381, has been caught out by a crisis of unprecedented severity.
In the fourteenth century it was the Black Death, which killed 40% of Europe's population.
The government's reaction - to impose labour laws that stifled economic recovery but preserved the social hierarchy, was vastly unpopular, for it prevented ordinary people from improving their lives.
Now, it is the collapse in global credit which has brought a different sort of misery to millions.
No doubt there are many differences between 1381 and 2009. They were medieval, we are modern. And history never repeats itself as exactly as historians sometimes wish.
But if I were an MP today, I would make it my business to learn the course and the lessons of 1381 by heart. Then I would give thanks that there are no longer any chopping blocks at Cheapside.
Dan Jones is the author of Summer of Blood.
Palace of Westminster
Members' Dining Room : daily "Bill of Fare" offering traditional lunches and dinners for Members and Officers only.
Strangers' Dining Room as for the Members' Dining Room, but where guests may be entertained.
Churchill Room and Bar : à la carte lunch and dinner menu for Members, Officers and their guests.
Terrace Pavilion from Easter to July only, open to Members, Officers and their guests for a
self-help hot and cold buffet.
Press Dining Room daily "Bill of Fare" as in the Members' Dining Room but used by members of
the Press Gallery, some Officers, and their guests.
Terrace Cafeteria self service restaurant, offering all day meals and light refreshments for
Members, their guests and staff and their guests.
Members' Tea Room offering light snacks and refreshments for Members and Officers only.
Press Cafeteria as for the Members' and Strangers' Cafeterias, but open to members of the
Press Gallery, staff of the Official Report and their guests.
The Staff Hall Refreshment Department staff meals only.
Jubilee Cafe open to both staff and visitors to the House of Commons. Opened in May
The Pugin Room bar lounge, also serving morning coffees and afternoon teas to Members,
Officers and their guests.
Members' Smoking Room for Members only.
Strangers' Bar for Members, Officers, senior staff, and their guests.
Terrace Bar as for Strangers' Bar (Easter to July only).
Annie's Bar for Members, Officers and Lobby journalists. Opened in 1968; relocated
Press Bar for Lobby journalists, Official report staff and Doorkeepers
Terrace Dining Rooms four rooms on Centre Curtain Corridor, available to Members, Officers and all-Party Parliamentary groups for private functions.
The State Apartments the State Dining Room and the State Bedroom, used for the Speakers'
Members' Dining Room
Strangers' Dining Room available for private functions at weekends,
Churchill Room during recesses and on certain other occasions.
Bellamy's Cafeteria opened October 1991. Single status self service restaurant open to
Members, Officers, staff and their guests.
Bellamy's Clubroom light snacks and refreshments.
Bellamy's Bar for Members, Officers, staff and their guests.
The Astor Suite available for private functions through the banqueting service.
The Millbank Room Opened April 1994. Modern "brasserie" style restaurant and bar terrace,
open to Members, Officers and their guests (plus staff and their guests on Monday and Friday).
Portcullis Cafeteria Opened October 1992. Single status self service restaurant open to Members, Officers, staff and their guests.
The Debate Opened October 2000. Food court style restaurant offering meals and light
refreshments. Open to Members, Officers, staff and their guests.
The Adjournment Opened October 2000. Brasserie style restaurant serving light meals & bar
service for Members and Officers and their guests (plus staff and their guests
on Thursday evenings and Fridays).
Despatch Box Opened 2001. Speciality coffee bar with light snacks and refreshments
open to Members, Officers and staff.
The atmosphere in Westminster is unbearable. People are constantly checking to see if others are ok. Everyone fears a suicide. If someone isn't seen, offices are called and checked.
Parliament will become full of racists, fantasists, and has-been celebrities. We will be rendered impotent and may never again regain the authority to withstand the pressure, opinion and whims of the overtly wealthy
Enter the Barclay brothers, the billionaire owners of The Daily Telegraph. Rumour is that they are fiercely Euro sceptic and do not feel that either of the main parties are Euro sceptic enough. They have set upon a deliberate course to destabilise Parliament, with the hope that the winners will be UKIP and BNP.
Esther’s arrival on the scene will split the vote and guarantee Margaret Moran a return back to Westminster.
Utterly Dagenham (two stops past Barking).
Send her a tin foil hat. I have:
Nadine Dorries MP
House of Commons
Telephone her on: 020 7219 4239
Email her at: email@example.com
Thursday, 21 May 2009
I would like to remind the Judge (Old Bailey, Court 8) that:
Her "partner" raped her two year old daughter, she did nothing but protect him
Her "partner" snapped the spine of her son. She did nothing to protect him.
She lied, cheated and defrauded. Instead of protecting her children, she protected their torturer, resulting in the horrific murder of a helpless infant.
Nothing but welding the door shut on this vile lump of bloated dogspunk will be enough. M'Lord, send the bitch to hell. The killer, Steven Barker, should be left on Rockall for the herring gulls to do with as they please .
A spokesman for the BBC Trust said: "We welcome the BBC's funding being secured
at a level that will allow us to continue shitting in the faces of our viewers. The Trust will ensure that the BBC meets its efficiency targets by hiring New Labour candidates only and continues to maintain downward pressure on all its critics. You suckers! Fuck me, another Volvo anyone? Chlamidya? Damien?
Total claims 2005-08 (excluding travel)
Liam Byrne £ 478,536 LABOUR
Joan Ryan £ 469,893 LABOUR
Dan Norris £ 450,985 LABOUR
Shahid Malik £ 446,314 LABOUR
Charlotte Atkins £ 443,244 LABOUR
David Wilshire £ 438,377 TORY
Tom Levitt £ 436,686 LABOUR
Diana Johnson £ 436,632 LABOUR
Fabian Hamilton £ 435,999 LABOUR
Jacqui Smith £ 434,909 LABOUR
Margaret Moran £ 434,456 LABOUR
Ian Austin £ 434,409 LABOUR
A. Rosindell £ 434,149 TORY
Andrew George £ 434,062 LIBDEM
Dawn Butler £ 433,865 LABOUR
Roger Godsiff £ 433,298 LABOUR
Tim Farron £ 433,260 LABOUR
Peter Hain £ 431,905 LABOUR
Norman Lamb £ 431,683 LIBDEM
S. Hesford £ 431,527 LABOUR
Dizaei is to be charged with perverting the course of justice after 'an incident in a restaurant'
It is about time all of these faux sectarian organisations were rounded up and abolished, including ACPO the private Limited company that this Labour Government has 'allowed' to run the Police.
All Quangos should be abolished, including the new one proposed for dealing with expenses of MP's. It should be strangled at birth.
Sovereignty belongs to us, NOT Parliament. All bodies that are in receipt of our money should be elected and capable of being removed. The Libertarian Party is proposing that any member of Parliament can be recalled on the signatures of 2000 of his/her constituents. Then they would be accountable to the people not party whips.
Natela Grinina, 34, a Georgian national, was convicted in her absence for knocking down Thomas Sippel-Dau, 54, as she drove her 4x4 home from a House of Lords function in London.
Grinina fled to France following the crash telling police she was in Russia visiting a sick relative. She organised for her blue Range Rover to be broken up and sold via internet auction website eBay.
In a later interview Grinina told police that another man had borrowed her vehicle on the night of the collision; the claim proved to be a lie and the innocent man in question, George Gigeishvilli, was later found dead in the River Thames in June 2005.
It can be disclosed for the first time that Mr Dizaei is being investigated over allegations that he advised lawyers how to fight the prosecution case being brought by his employers, the Metropolitan Police.
The commander was suspended from duty over three misconduct allegations, including the Grinina case, in September.
Our country is rotten to the core
Adam Afriyle has not made any claims on his second home allowance
Douglas Alexander spent more than £30,000 doing up his constituency home – which then suffered damage in a house fire.
Michael Ancram put the cost of having his swimming pool boiler serviced on his parliamentary allowances. He has agreed to repay the money
James Arbuthnot claimed from the public finances for cleaning his swimming pool at a country residence. He has agreed to repay the money
Hilary Armstrong was told that allowing the Labour Party to pay for and run a computer at her taxpayer-funded home could make her “politically vulnerable”
Ian Austin split a claim for stamp duty on buying his second home in London into two payments and tried to claim it back over two financial years.
John Austin claimed more than £10,000 for redecorating his London flat, which was 11 miles from his main home, before selling it for a profit.
Vera Baird claimed the cost of Christmas tree decorations
Ed Balls and wife Yvette Cooper “flipped” the designation of their second home to three different properties within two years
Norman Baker asked if he could claim for a bicycle and a computer so he could listen to music and email family and friends
Greg Barker made a £320,000 profit selling a flat the taxpayer had helped pay for. He has agreed to repay £10,000.
Margaret Beckett made a £600 claim for hanging baskets and pot plants
Hilary Benn claimed only £42,113 on his second homes allowance in four years
Richard Benyon did not claim on his second homes allowance in 2007/08
Liz Blackman went on last-minute shopping sprees before the end of each financial year, in an apparent attempt to make sure she claimed as close to maximum expenses as possible
Tony Blair re-mortgaged his constituency home and claimed almost a third of the interest around the time he was buying another property in London
Hazel Blears did not pay capital gains tax on a property she sold despite having told the Commons authorities it was her second home. She has since agreed to paid the tax but denied any wrongdoing.
Crispin Blunt told to stop claiming Commons allowance on his home because his children live there
Tim Boswell claimed only £22,230 on his second homes allowance between 2004 and 2008
Ben Bradshaw used his allowance to pay the mortgage interest on a flat he owned jointly with his boyfriend
Tom Brake did not claim on his second home allowance between 2004-8
Kevin Brennan had a £450 television delivered to his family home in Cardiff even though he reclaimed the money back on his London second home allowance
James Brokenshire claimed just £368 on his second homes allowance in 2007/8 and nothing in the preceding three years
Gordon Brown's house swap let the PM claim thousands
Nick Brown claimed £18,800, without receipts, in expenses for food over four years amid total expenses of £87,000
Chris Bryant changed second home twice in two years to claim £20,000
Andy Burnham had an eight-month battle with the fees office after making a single expenses claim for more than £16,500
Paul Burstow doesn't claim for a second home although he his entitled to
Alistair Burt claimed £1,000 too much in expenses for his rent, but was allowed to keep the money.
Dawn Butler, the Labour whip, over-claimed £2,600 in rent on her constituency home.
Stephen Byers claimed more than £125,000 for repairs and maintenance at a London flat owned outright by his partner, where he lives rent-free
Vince Cable forgoes the second home allowance, but asked whether he could claim backdated payments of the London supplement instead
David Cameron limited his claims to mortgage interest payments and utility bills. He will repay the only maintenance bill he claimed - £600 for the removal of wisteria
Menzies Campbell hired a top interior designer to refurbish his small flat in central London at taxpayers’ expense. He will repay the £1,490.66 cost of an interior designer
Ronnie Campbell claimed a total of £87,729 for furniture for his London flat
Ben Chapman deliberately over-claimed for interest on the mortgage of his London house by about £15,000 with the approval of the fees office, documents seen by the Telegraph suggest. He is facing possible suspension from the PLP
David Chaytor admits claiming almost £13,000 in interest payments for a mortgage that he had already repaid. He has been suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party
James Clappison owns 24 houses but billed more than £100,000, including thousands for gardening and redecoration
Kenneth Clarke managed to avoid paying the full rate of council tax on either of his two homes by effectively claiming that neither is his main residence. He has agreed to pay the full rate in future but defended his past behaviour.
Nick Clegg claimed the maximum allowed under his parliamentary second home allowance
David Clelland claimed for the cost of “buying out” his partner’s £45,000 stake in his London flat
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown “flipped” his second home designation from London to his Gloucestershire home, before buying a £2,750,000 house.
Harry Cohen claimed thousands of pounds for redecorating his second home before selling it and charging taxpayers £12,000 in stamp duty and fees on a new property
Michael Connarty sold some of the contents of his London home to Jim Devine, a close colleague, before charging the taxpayer thousands of pounds for goods delivered to addresses in Scotland.
Yvette Cooper and husband Ed Balls “flipped” the designation of their second home to three different properties within two years
Stephen Crabb claimed his “main home” was a room in another MP’s flat, after buying a new house for his family at taxpayers’ expense
Tam Dalyell attempted to claim £18,000 for bookcases two months before he retired as an MP
Alistair Darling's stamp duty was paid by the public
Ed Davey did not claim on his second home allowance between 2004-8
Ian Davidson paid £5,500 to a family friend to renovate his flat and then took him shooting with members of the House of Lords
David Davis spent more than £10,000 of taxpayers’ money on home improvements in four years, including a new £5,700 portico at his home in Yorkshire.
Jim Devine bought Michael Connarty's furniture on expenses
Pat Doherty and four other Sinn Fein MPs claimed more than £500,000 over five years even though the Sinn Fein MPs refuse to attend Parliament
Alan Duncan spent thousands from his allowance on gardening, including repairs to his lawnmower. He has agreed to repay £5,000
Philip Dunne has not made any claims on his second home allowance since 2005/06
Angela Eagle claimed just £155 a month mortgage interest on her second home for a period and even underclaimed for council tax
Maria Eagle claimed thousands of pounds on refurbishing a bathroom at one of her flats just months before switching her designated second home to a property with a higher mortgage
Natascha Engel went on a shopping spree within months of being elected, spending thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ cash
Lynne Featherstone did not claim on her second homes allowance in between 2004 and 2008
Frank Field claimed just £44,338 on his second home allowance between 2004-8
Caroline Flint claimed £14,000 for fees for new flat
Barbara Follett used £25,000 of taxpayers' money to pay for private security patrols at her home
Andrew George used parliamentary expenses for a London flat used by his student daughter. He also claimed hundreds of pounds for hotel stays with his wife. He has said he will repay £20 for a hotel breakfast
Michelle Gildernew and four other Sinn Fein MPs claimed more than £500,000 over five years even though the Sinn Fein MPs refuse to attend Parliament
Cheryl Gillan bought dog food using her allowance but agreed to pay it back after being contacted by the Telegraph
Julia Goldsworthy spent thousands of pounds on expensive furniture just days before the deadline for using up parliamentary allowances. She has promised to pay back £1,005 for a leather rocking chair
Helen Goodman claimed for a week's stay in a cottage in her constituency over a bank holiday
Michael Gove spent thousands on his London home before "flipping" his Commons allowance to another address. He has agreed to repay £7,000
Chris Grayling claimed for a London flat even though his constituency home is only 17 miles from the House of Commons. He has agreed to stop doing so
James Gray successfully claimed £2,000 for the future redecoration of his “second home” on the day that he moved out.
John Gummer's gardening, including the removal of moles from his lawn, cost the taxpayer £9,000
Mike Hall claimed thousands of pounds in expenses for the cost of cleaners, cleaning products and laundry bills for his London home
Fabian Hamilton declared his mother’s London house as his main residence while over-charging the taxpayer by thousands of pounds for a mortgage on his family home in Leeds
Nick Harvey had to be reminded twice by parliamentary officials to submit receipts with his expenses claims
Alan Haselhurst charged the taxpayer almost £12,000 for gardening bills at his farmhouse in Essex, his expenses claims show.
David Heathcoat-Amory’s gardener used hundreds of sacks of horse manure and the MP submitted the receipts to Parliament
Nick Herbert charged taxpayers more than £10,000 for stamp duty and fees when he and his partner bought a home together in his constituency
Douglas Hogg included with his expenses claims the cost of having the moat cleared, piano tuned and stable lights fixed at his country manor house. He has agreed to repay £2,200 for the moat clearing
Geoff Hoon established a property empire worth £1.7 million after claiming taxpayer-funded expenses for at least two properties
Phil Hope spent more than £10,000 in one year refurbishing a small London flat. He has promised to pay back £41,000 to the taxpayer
Kelvin Hopkins claims just a fraction of the available second-home allowance by taking the train to Westminster from his home town
David Howarth has not made any claims on his second home allowance since 2004/05
Chris Huhne regularly submits receipts for bus tickets and groceries including pints of milk, fluffy dusters, lavatory rolls and chocolate HobNobs. He has promised to pay back £119 for a trouser press
Glenda Jackson did not claim on her second homes allowance between 2004 and 2008
Stewart Jackson claimed more than £66,000 for his family home, including hundreds of pounds on refurbishing his swimming pool. He has agreed to repay the costs associated with his pool
Brian Jenkins claims little or no mortgage interest for his property in London
Alan Johnson claimed just £43,596 for his second home in 2004-8
Diana Johnson claimed nearly £1,000 to cover the cost of hiring an architect for a decorating project at her second home
Helen Jones claimed £87,647 in second home allowances for her London flat between 2004 and 2008
Gerald Kaufman charged the taxpayer £1,851 for a rug he imported from a New York antiques centre and tried to claim £8,865 for a television
Alan and Ann Keen claimed almost £40,000 a year on a central London flat although their family home was less than 10 miles away
Ruth Kelly has claimed more than £31,000 to redecorate and furnish her designated second home in the past five years. She claimed thousands of pounds in expenses to pay for damage caused to her home by flooding, although at the time she had a building insurance policy.
Fraser Kemp made repeat purchases of household items over the space of several weeks.
Julie Kirkbride's husband Andrew Mackay resigned as David Cameron's aide after it emerged that the two MPs were making claims that meant they effectively had no main home but two second homes, both funded with public money.
Greg Knight, an MP with a collection of classic cars, claimed £2,600 in expenses for repair work on the driveway at his designated second home
Susan Kramer did not claim on her second home allowance between 2004-8
Andrew Lansley spent more than £4,000 of taxpayers’ money renovating his country home months before he sold it. He will repay £2,600 of decorating fees
Oliver Letwin repaired a pipe beneath his tennis court using taxpayers' money. He has agreed to repay the money
Julian Lewis attempted to claim £6,000 in expenses for a wooden floor at his second home
Ian Lucas made £45,000 profit when he sold a London flat on which he had claimed second home expenses
Lord Mandelson faces questions over the timing of his house claim which came after he had announced he would step down
Andrew Mackay resigned as David Cameron's aide after it emerged that he and his wife Julie Kirkbride were making claims that meant they effectively had no main home but two second homes, both funded with public money.
David Maclean spent thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money renovating a farmhouse before selling it for £750,000.
Angus MacNeil, the MP whose police complaint triggered the cash-for-peerages inquiry, tried to charge the taxpayer for his drinks bills, a chocolate bar and hundreds of pounds of "petty cash".
Fiona MacTaggart claimed just £3,392 on her second homes allowance in 2007/08
Shahid Malik claimed £66,000 on his second property while paying less than £100 a week for his main house. He has resigned as justice minister pending an investigation
Judy Mallaber rarely claims for food
John Maples declared a private members’ club as his main home to the parliamentary authorities. He claimed the maximum second home allowance on his family house while apparently not having a “main” property to maintain
Bob Marshall-Andrews claimed £118,000 for expenses at his second home, including stereo equipment, extensive redecoration and a pair of Kenyan carpets.
Rob Marris claimed just £11,973 on his second homes allowance in 2007/08
Gordon Marsdon claimed just £9,739 on his second homes allowance in 2007/08
Michael Martin used taxpayers' money to pay for chauffeur-driven cars to his local job centre and Celtic's football ground
Francis Maude claimed almost £35,000 in two years for mortgage interest payments on a London flat when he owned a house just a few hundred yards away. He has agreed to stop claiming for a second home
Theresa May claimed just £4,288 on her second home allowance in 2007/08
Tommy McAvoy claimed £86,565 in second home allowances between 2004 and 2008 for his flat in Westminster
Steve McCabe over-claimed on his mortgage by £4,059 during the course of two years
Ian McCartney spent £16,000 furnishing and decorating his designated second home but paid the money back two years later
Martin McGuinness and four other Sinn Fein MPs claimed more than £500,000 over five years even though the Sinn Fein MPs refuse to attend Parliament
Patrick McLoughlin, the senior MP asked by David Cameron to scrutinise Tory expenses, claimed £3,000 for new windows at his second home.
Michael Meacher claimed just £32,825 on his second homes allowance between 2004-8
David Miliband's spending was queried by his gardener
Ed Miliband claimed just £7,670 on his second home allowance in 2007/08
Ann Milton did not make any claims on her second home allowance in 2007/08
Austin Mitchell claimed for security shutters, ginger crinkle biscuits and the cost of reupholstering his sofa. He has offered to donate his old sofa coverings to make amends
Madeleine Moon spent thousands in furniture shops near her Welsh constituency house and claimed the money back on her London designated second home allowance
Margaret Moran switched the address of her second home, allowing her to claim £22,500 to fix a dry rot problem. She has agreed to repay the money while insisting she acted within the rules. She could face an investigation for allegedly using Commons stationery to keep neighbours away from her fourth property in Spain. She also billed the taxpayer for nearly £4,000 in legal fees in settling a dispute with one of her staff and faces a challenge at the next general election from Esther Rantzen .
Elliot Morley claimed parliamentary expenses of more than £16,000 for a mortgage which had already been paid off
George Mudie claimed £62,000 in expenses for his London flat in four years, while having a mortgage of just £26,000.
Chris Mullin, a former minister, watches a 30-year-old black and white television at his second home and claims the £45 cost of the licence on his expenses
Conor Murphy and four other Sinn Fein MPs claimed more than £500,000 over five years even though the Sinn Fein MPs refuse to attend Parliament
Paul Murphy had a new plumbing system installed at taxpayers’ expense because the water in the old one was “too hot”
Lembit Opik had to pay £2,499 for a 42-inch plasma television after purchasing it while Parliament was dissolved
George Osborne was rebuked by the Commons authorities for using public money to fund his "political" website. He also claimed money for a chauffeur-driven car which he has agreed to repay
John Prescott claimed for two lavatory seats in two years
John Redwood has admitted being paid twice after submitting an identical £3,000 decorating bill on his second home allowance
Alan Reid claimed more than £1,500 on his parliamentary expenses for staying in hotels and bed-and-breakfasts near his home
John Reid used his allowance to pay for slotted spoons, an ironing board and a glittery loo seat
Angus Robertson successfully appealed to the fees office when they turned down his claim for a £400 home cinema system
Geoffrey Robinson has not made any claims on his second home allowance since 2004/05
Peter and Iris Robinson both claimed expenses based on the same £1,223 bill when they submitted their parliamentary claims in 2007
David Ruffley claimed for new furniture and fittings after “flipping” his second home from London to a new flat in his constituency
Joan Ryan spent thousands of pounds on repairs and decorations at her constituency home before switching her designated second home to a London property
Alex Salmond claimed £400 per month for food when the Commons was not even sitting
Martin Salter has not made any claims on his second home allowance since 2004/05
Grant Shapps claimed just £7,269 on his second homes allowance in 2007/08
Jim Sheridan used his allowances to reclaim the cost of a 42-inch plasma TV, leather bed and hundreds of pounds worth of furniture.
Clare Short claimed thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money to which she was not entitled within months of standing down as a Cabinet minister
Michael Spicer claimed for work on his helipad and received thousands of pounds for gardening bills.
Anthony Steen claimed £87,000 on country mansion with 500 trees. He has announced he will step down at the next election
Jack Straw only paid half the amount of council tax that he claimed on his parliamentary allowances over four years but later rectified the over-claim
Jo Swinson included receipts for eyeliner, a “tooth flosser” and 29p dusters with her parliamentary expenses claims
Robert Syms claimed more than £2,000 worth of furniture on expenses for his designated second home in London, but had it all delivered to his parents’ address in Wiltshire
Sarah Teather did not claim on her second homes allowance between 2004 and 2008
Don Touhig spent thousands of pounds redecorating his constituency home before “flipping” his allowance to a flat in London
Kitty Ussher asked the Commons authorities to fund extensive refurbishment of her Victorian family home
Ed Vaizey had £2,000 worth of furniture delivered to his London home when he was claiming his Commons allowance on a second home in Oxfordshire.
Keith Vaz claimed £75,500 for a second flat near Parliament even though he already lived just 12 miles from Westminster
Sir Peter Viggers included with his expense claims the £1,645 cost of a floating duck house in the garden pond at his Hampshire home. He has announced he will step down at the next election
Theresa Villiers claimed almost £16,000 in stamp duty and professional fees on expenses when she bought a London flat, even though she already had a house in the capital. She has agreed to stop claiming the second home allowance
Claire Ward, the MP responsible for keeping the Queen informed about Parliament, submitted monthly expense claims for hundreds of pounds of "petty cash" while claiming maximum allowances
Tom Watson and Iain Wright spent £100,000 of taxpayers' money on the London flat they once shared
Steve Webb sold his London flat and bought another nearby, while the taxpayer picked up an £8,400 bill for stamp duty
Shaun Woodward received £100,000 to help pay mortgage
Bill Wiggin claimed interest payments for a property which had no mortgage
David Willetts, the Conservatives' choice for skills minister, needed help changing light bulbs. He has agreed to repay the bill
Alan Williams claimed just £5,221 on his second homes allowance in 2007/08
Phil Willis spent thousands of pounds of public funds on mortgage interest payments, redecoration and furnishings for a flat where his daughter now lives.
David Winnick claimed just £36,354 on his second homes allowance between 2004-8
Sir Nicholas Winterton and his wife Ann claimed more than £80,000 for a London flat owned by a trust controlled by their children
Ann Widdecombe claimed just £858 on her second home allowance in 2007/08
Rob Wilson did not claim on his second homes allowance between 2004 and 2008
Phil Woolas submitted receipts including comics, nappies and women's clothing as part of his claims for food
Iain Wright and Tom Watson spent £100,000 of taxpayers' money on the London flat they once shared
Derek Wyatt billed 75p for scotch eggs
Richard Younger-Ross spent £1,235 on four mirrors and bought 'Don Juan’ bookcase