Monday, 16 February 2009
Will someone please clear out this pig stew?
Another one on the gravy train. Soon others will be named.
The Chancellor with the pick on his right shoulder is the latest high-profile politician to face questions about the controversial second-home allowance.
Last week, it was revealed that Home Secretary Smith claimed £116,000 on her family home in Redditch - listing her 'main residence' as a room in her sister's London home.
There is no suggestion that Darling broke any Commons rules, but I say that these revelations provide further evidence that the system needs a radical overhaul and needs be changed.
Darling's Commons expenses were looked at last night after it emerged that he claimed £70,000 in five years for his family home in Edinburgh.
He obtained taxpayer funding for mortgage payments, household bills and furnishings by classing the £1.2million townhouse as his 'second home'.
Before he became Chancellor, Darling had claimed that a small London flat - worth only around £150 a week in rent - was his main home.
'Darling obtained taxpayer funding for mortgage payments, household bills and furnishings by classing the £1.2million townhouse as his 'second home''. This greed and sleaze must stop.
The nation is in a recession and all these rather stupid and greedy politicians do is find more and more ways of sucking more money out of the system whilst people lose their jobs and some lose their homes.
£70,000 extra to pay his bills for his main home in Edinburgh by claiming a flat in London is his main home. Will someone not clear out this pig stew?
Is there ANYONE in politics who isn't a crook ?