MP Claims We’re All Jealous


Tory MP Anthony Steen shoved the inspection of five hundred trees on expenses and had this to say about being caught out.
“I think I have behaved impeccably. I have done nothing criminal. And you know what it’s about? Jealousy. I have got a very, very large house. Some people say it looks like Balmoral, but it’s a merchant’s house from the 19th century. It was this government that introduced the Freedom of Information Act and it is this government that insisted on the things which caught me on the wrong foot.”
As decades of financial abuse come to an end, MPs are screaming like stuck pigs, only to apologise for their outbursts hours later. Welcome to the real world, ladies and gentlemen, where most of us earn it and get taxed on it, without being able to lose the bill for the cleaning of the moat.

One comment on “MP Claims We’re All Jealous”

  1. I.A.M. says:

    If, in fact, the trees needed the checking of because of some sort of thing that had to do directly with his office, then the Hon. Mr. Steen would be correct in adding that cost to his Parliamentary expense accounts.

    I doubt that sort of ‘test of justifiability’ aspect of things ever entered his head, however.

    If an MP needs a flat to live in whilst attending to the Nation’s business, because some find commuting from Swansea a bit of a drive, then that’s fine too. However, if you and your wife both claim the full cost of the flat, plus the cost of the house back home on top of that, well, that’s a bit off, innit?

    Many seem to need their noses yanked un-ceremoniously from the trough. they ought to be glad it’s not being done with ceremony; look at what France did about three centuries ago, for instance.

    And, before the Hon. Member from Snails-Gait-on-Lees asks, tickets to Les Miserables are not a valid “research expense” in this situation.

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