How not to handle expenses scandals

After the debacle in the UK over MPs expenses you would have thought they had learned. The problem over there is so huge that when Phil Heatley resigned he made it to Guido Fawkes blog, not for having troughed, if you can call $70.00 troughing, but for the fact that he had resigned over $70.00.

Phil Heatley, a politician in New Zealand immediately tendered his resignation to the Prime Minister when it appeared that a $70 receipt for two bottles of wine at a party conference had been accidentally claimed on his expenses. Heatley told the press “I believe I’ve failed to live up my own standard and for that I’m embarrassed and immensely sorry.” He immediately repaid the money.

In other news it is thought that over £100,000 of the £1.2 million set to be repaid by British MPs is still outstanding, three MPs are awaiting trial and some of the worst troughers are still in government.

But the British MPs haven’t learned and now they are demanding First Class rail travel, one MP says it is because he is tall.

They say they need the perk in order to be able to work during journeys to and from Parliament. One MP even said he needed a first class seat because of his height.

Their pleas are included in nearly 50 submissions made by MPs to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), the body charged with drawing up a new system of allowances to replace the discredited expenses system.

But it gets even worse. The sense of entitlement of these veteran troughers makes our own bunch of thieves look like petty pickpockets.

But the issue is even worse with the stupid MPs seeking to water down attempts to reform their allowances following the expenses scandal by complaining that they could be left with ‘major cash flow problems’.

Oh cry me a river of tears.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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