Chris Rennard, Who's been a naughty boy then?
Been watching the news as the latest revelations on MP expenses rolls on and on. It is quite breath-taking at times. There seems to be a strange fascination with toilet seats. Now it's the turn of the Tories - will be interesting to see what will come out of the woodwork.
No doubt we will see revelations about the Lib Dems later in the week.
With the Daily Telegraph on the case of MP's in the Commons and daily more scandal bursting out from all sides, was wondering when they would get round to the Peers. First up Liberal Democrat Lord Chris Rennard courtesy of the News of the World
Peer pockets £41k expenses on holiday home Saturday, May 9
LIB DEM campaign guru Lord Chris Rennard
For peers to claim for second homes, their main residence has to be outside London. But we can reveal that he spends almost all his time in a house just TWO MILES from Westminster.
Lord Rennard—said to earn £90,000 a year as his party’s Chief Executive—claimed the £41,678 cash [relating to a flat in Eastbourne] over six years from 2001/02.
The reference to him holding lavish parties at his home is fact - I've been invited several times in the past - regular events especially at the end of the year. Puts on a good spread. Until now, don't think invitees actually gave a thought to the cost of it all and who actually bears all the expenses. Peers don't have a salary like the MP's but collect a mega sitting allowance - House of Lords Members' Reimbursement Allowance Scheme General Guide - General Guide Eighth Edition April 2009
Some have high profile jobs and collect fees from being on various boards but Rennards party salary is not to be sneezed at
When it comes to the remuneration for MP's the reality of the situation is that their salary has been pegged for years around £66,000. If you consider the current market rates for most high profile managerial posts, so they have milked the system to claim on expenses. However it's what they have been claiming for even if it is covered under the current rules that is angering the electorate.
More annoying and bordering on the criminal in some cases, it is the out and out fraud .
The electorate don't expect their MP to be seen to be stealing which in reality is what some are doing. Lesser mortals would be charged by the police and brought to book via the courts. The cheating on mortgage payments and non payment of capital gains tax on the sale of second homes is just not acceptable under any circumstances.
To understand more about 'flipping' to minimise capital gains tax read this post by Mark Lee on his Tax Advice Network blog.
We will no doubt see explanations be turned into a mistake - with apologies and some payback from those who can afford it. With the mood of the populous at this time, many people out of work and having to struggle just to exist, a more radical approach has to be taken. Would like to see if the Party leaders have the 'balls' to sack, deselect or even expel some of their MP's regardless of who they are.