In recent weeks I’ve tried to think about just who MPs are representing nowadays. We have Tony McNulty receiving £60k in the last two years for a second home, which was just 8 miles from his constituency home and Jacqui Smith claiming £116,000 for living in her sister’s spare room. This is at a time when many people are struggling with the cost of just one home.
By all accounts, it is unlikely that Mr McNulty has even broken any rules. And this is the core issue. That the rules actually allow MPs to rake it in by claiming expenses for second homes, for travel, etc. How many people in Southend have to commute to London for work? They can’t claim the cost of their travel, let alone the cost of a second home.
Is it any wonder that in a recent survey 86% believe that MPs expenses are too high, whilst more worryingly 68% think that MPs make dishonest expense claims. Its about time MPs got their house in order, and get back to representing those who pay these exorbitant expenses.
Dan Hannan, Conservative MEP, rips into Gordon Brown yesterday during a debate in the European Parliament.
In response to Mr. Bonavia on week ending 13th March. I think he has a cheek to ask whose side the Tories are on! His own party are on the side of Bankers – just ask Sir Fred Goodwin with his multi million pound pension. The reason why retail outlets are empty in the town is because of this Labour recession of not putting aside money for a rainy day. Now it’s beginning to rain and we haven’t got a pot to wee in ! We are borrowing money hand over fist to stimulate the economy… who from?…ourselves?…selling our reserves to foreign buyers.
If you really want to be an MP for our town perhaps you should learn to back our highly skilled Chief executive , directors and lawyers who actually run the civic centre. They will give the highly professional answers that you obviously need ! Quite frankly why are you wasting your time trying to score points in the local paper. You should be asking your colleagues in government to stop wasting money on are range of pointless initiatives that are simply eroding our British values including:
1. Compensation to prisoners who sue the home office because they don’t have a mattress to sleep on
2. Bonuses to our nationalised bank executives of Northern Rock when old pensioners have to go to jail because that protest about paying council tax
3. Endorsing dodgy “second homes allowances” to MPs when they should be asked to make do with a hotel for the night if away from home
4. Daft laws that allow thugs masquerading as Muslims to insult our soldiers who come home on parade after risking their lives for our British way of life!
In recent weeks there seems to have been an increase in the number of fires being started by youths in and around the Woodgrange Estate. It is sad that these youths have no idea of the cost to their community, both financial and otherwise.
Arson in the community can lead to the general depreciation of an area, cause communities to lose pride and respect in their surroundings and contribute to a loss of business and therefore unemployment. There are parts of towns up and down the country where arson and the physical efforts to try and prevent it (by boarding up empty of derelict buildings) can also be visually detrimental to an area. That’s without even considering the potential for human casualties.
The council have made a good start in having some of the parking under the blocks fenced off, but they must push on and ensure all these parking areas are protected. We are also lucky that we have our rubbish collected on a weekly basis as overflowing bins are often targeted by arsonists.
In the words of The Prodigy, these people are nothing but “twisted firestarters” who, unless we do something about it, will kill someone, either as a direct result of their crime or by preventing fire crews attending ‘real’ emergencies. They are damaging the community in which they live and its about time they suffered the consequences of their crimes.
Filed under Crime, Southend
Poor Sir Fred Goodwin having to give up a multi million pound salary, at least he can reconcile himself with his £13,000. per week pension!
Sir Fred who oversaw a bank that saw record losses of 21.8 billion pounds and could be said to be a huge contributor to this financial mess we are in,
yet he doesn’t even know the meaning of the words ‘credit crunch’! Many in Southend are fighting to keep hold of their jobs and unlike Sir Fred do not
have the comfort of such a large pension to full back on.
There has to be a link between the bank he managed to blow up and his personal earnings. Other people who do something proportionally similar would possible be sacked and certainly would not be able to take early retirement and receive such sums.
£13,000 could go such a long way for a lot of people in our town – some people are not even lucky enough to earn that in a year.