At some point in 2005, the then Chancellor decided that five channels just weren’t enough to keep him entertained. Freeview was an option, but there aren’t many good channels on Freeview and no porn channels. Sky TV was another option, but to get the decent channels it can become quite expensive. Naturally money was no object to Mr Brown, and he plumped for Sky.
The total bill for the taxpayer – £372! Those pay per view porn channels sure do add up. I am not sure what is more shocking, that he spent this much on Sky TV or that he can spend that much on Sky TV and then have it paid for by the taxpayer. Are there no checks whatsoever on expenses?
Tony Blair spent £10,000 doing up the kitchen of one of his homes, paid for by the taxpayer, and £500 on a new dishwasher. On what possible grounds does Tony Blair having a new kitchen and saving time with a dishwasher become of such national importance that it needs to be paid for by the taxpayer?
Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, summed it beautifully:
“It’s clear that this allowance pays for much more than just a base in London – MPs use it to fund a lifestyle far more comfortable than their constituents enjoy. Taxpayers should not be made to pay for Gordon Brown’s Sky TV subscription or Tony Blair’s £10,000 kitchen. Given the economic climate and the fact that everyone’s feeling poorer, it’s high time MPs reined in the amounts they spend. It is costly for taxpayers and harmful to the standing of Parliament for them to use expenses to live the high life.”
Still, you don’t embarrass seasoned money grabbing bastards like this and get away with it. The expensive court case to block the release of these expenses may have failed, after costing £100,000, but MPs aren’t completely useless. If there is one thing that they excel at it is covering their own arses. Now to avoid the embarrassment of having their expense receipts trawled over, the expenses system for their second home is to be changed – to a system that requires no receipts! MPs would be given either a block grant for their second home or £175 a day, with no paper trail.
The leeches aren’t content with that though, they are also making moves to get rid of the sign in system, so that their constituents, who’ll be paying for their second homes in London, won’t know how much time they’ll actually spend in Parliament working.
This just shows what mugs we are in Britain.