I bet this happens here

Some dodgy pommy bastard MPs have been sprung employing family members ensuing a greater share of the slops at the trough.

Such is the derision that attends the nation’s appreciation of its elected representatives that it would be folly – criminal folly – to ignore any chance to balance the scales with a word of appreciation. So it is that today we may gleefully declare this of our MPs: whatever their other failings, let no one deny their tireless dedication to family values.

The precise value of their families ranges, to be exact, from £10,000 to £50,000 per annum. Four years after the recommendation that they abandon the practice was duly ignored, it emerges that 155 of them continue to employ relatives. Speaking as a taxpayer, I could not be more thrilled, though it would be dangerous to assume that you feel the same. Some appear unconvinced that the wives and children – and, in one case, a mother – of MPs do a great deal to earn their money for administrative duties. It is even rumoured that non-related MPs’ employees, technically known at Westminster as “the ones who actually do the work” – harbour the odd resentment themselves. 

Me, I refuse to succumb to such cynicism. If Nadine Dorries sees fit to hire not one but two of her daughters for somewhere between £30,000 and £45,000 each, a rousing hurrah to her for that. And if the Conservative health minister Dr Daniel Poulter employs his mummy, Carol, for £40,000, hats off also to him. I love my mother to bits, but the thought of trying to write with her offering relentless helpful advice fills me with awed admiration for Dr Dan.

I think it should be banned, just like MPs who own their electorate office and then charge out the rent to Parliamentary Services, nicely subsidising their capital gain from the pockets of ratepayers.

I wonder how any MPs employ family members in their offices? It won’t be none that is for sure. What a shame that Parliamentary Services aren’t subject to the Official Information Act.


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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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