Pommy trougher MPs planning piss up down here

A pommy trougher MP is in the news for organising a trip to the World Cup for other trougher MPs. They have scored some sweet-heart deals that aren’t available to ordinary pommy rugby fans.

The rugby-playing Labour politician involved in a drunken Commons brawl is organising a subsidised junket of up to eight weeks for MPs to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Paul Farrelly boasts that next year’s trip is ‘cheaper than any rugby travel package, and far better of course because of nine superb days organised by our hosts’.

The New Zealanders are laying on banquets, receptions and other ‘cultural’ entertainment for the MPs including ‘wine tasting’.

So far 24 have signed up for the jaunt.

In an email to MPs, leaked to The Mail on Sunday, Mr Farrelly, treasurer of the Parliamentary Rugby Club, offers colleagues the choice of a ‘basic’ two-week tour for £2,835.

Or they can stay for the whole two-month tournament, with tickets for all England matches right up to the final if the team gets there, for £12,279 plus an extra £2,700 to fly business-class.

Mr Farrelly says he hopes to bring down the cost by getting a sponsor.

Nice to know that the pommy troughers are expecting our own troughers to lavish them with banquets at the Beehive. I hope John Key knocks that little rort on the head straight away. Make them pay for their own food and piss.

Last night Mr Farrelly came under fire from some MPs, who said the jaunt was ‘insensitive’ at a time when ordinary Britons will be feeling the full force of spending cuts and tax increases.

Matthew Sinclair, director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘Ordinary families will be outraged that MPs are getting a special deal to swan off to the World Cup. It is one more luxury most taxpayers don’t enjoy, but their representatives do.

‘It is insensitive, and will bring back memories of the expenses scandal.’

Meanwhile we have our own ongoing expenses scandals here.

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