Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Oh Jacqui!....


Dear Ms. Smith,

Today the Committee on Standards and Privileges ruled against you for your use of the accommodation allowance between 2004 and 2009. Both the Commissioner for Standards and the Committee have concluded that you were in breach of the rules: "Jacqui Smith has been found to be in breach of the House of Commons rules governing the use of the accommodation allowance from 2004 to 2009. She wrongfully classified her main family home in Redditch as her second home, and was therefore able to claim around £20,000 a year towards its running costs."

Up to 2007, it could perhaps be argued that your wrongful designation of your Redditch house as secondary was inadvertent - although most common sense indicators suggested that Redditch was your main home, you were still technically spending more nights in London overall. While we think that parliamentarians have a clear duty to make sure they are within the rules governing personal use of public money, we accept that mistakes happen.

After 2007, however, you started to spend more time in Redditch, in the location where your children attend school, where you are registered to vote and where you pay a mortgage. As the Committee states: "From that point on there was little room for doubt, but it should have been sufficiently clear to Ms Smith even before then that she was probably an exception to the rule."

Out of the £106,738 wrongfully claimed over the 2004-2009 period, the £42,130 paid to you since 2007 was, without doubt, inappropriately used for the maintenance of your family home. As a result of this breach, the Committee has asked you to apologise to the House.

Public opinion on this issue is strongly of the view that saying sorry is not enough. We ask you to pay back to the public purse the £42,130 wrongfully claimed and we feel obliged to inform you that, if you fail so to do, we will not let the matter rest here.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Get the fat thieving cunt! And squeeze her till she oozes blood.

Demetrius said...

What astonishes, or does not, is that we have people making a wholesale shambles of their personal arrangements and finances, expecting others to pick up the bill, and they are in charge of our government. Is it any wonder that we have one of the biggest financial disasters in history to deal with?

Anonymous said...

Sod the £42K go for the £106K plus interest. And,as for those cunts claiming for phantom mortgages,lock'em up. Anyone claiming they forgot that their mortgage had finished is either retarded or a lying bastard or a recent lottery winner.
Urban11

Sue said...

I really don't see why she should get away with any of it either.

We are hunted down like dogs if we owe the government money and apologies are NOT accepted as payment in our case!

Markbaldy said...

I want Jacqui Smith made to pay the whole of the £106K back with interest, fined/imprisoned for fraud and kicked out of office for good.
Why is she not being prosecuted... I want her charged.

Harri said...

Tar and feather, the bastard lot of em !

R Nosgrove said...

One of the worst offenders gets let off with a slap on the wrist simply because having a former Home Secretary prosecuted for fraud would be too embarrassing for the government.

But is there anything to prevent a private civil action to recover the money?

If this could be arranged I would be more than happy to put a few quid in the pot.

Anna Raccoon said...

Steal £106,000 from the taxpayer = an apology...and not even to the taxpayer.

Fail to 'meet the psycological needs of your cow' by not installing electric light in its winter quarters, even though you don't have electricity in your house...(I kid you not)
and get fined £150......

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/agriculture/farming/6324664/Farmer-fined-for-failing-to-meet-psychological-needs-of-cow.html

I'm going to lie down in a quiet room somewhere

Anonymous said...

O/T
Anyone else noticed the slowing down of OH blog?

hangemall said...

anon 15:01

Yes.

West Bromwich said...

running very slow in my neck of the woods also.. cleared out cookies rebooted, still shit slow.

Edgar said...

I do hope she can be brought to justice. That would absolutely make my whole year.

Anonymous said...

Anna R - having read about Mr Norcliffe & his cows I felt forced to make the following comment on the Kirklees Council website which is currently promoting 'Democracy Week - what makes Kirklees Council tick'?
'Democracy Week - what makes Kirklees Council tick? Very probably mad cow disease having read the article in the Telegraph re Mr Norcliffe & his cows. It would be good to know that the same 'psycological needs' of kiddies under the control of Social Services are being met.' Don't think they'll like it.....

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