Wednesday, 19 May 2010
MP's Investigating Their Own Again
If you are a District Councillor and you abuse public funds for Party Political purposes, you will be surcharged to the limit of your personal assets and made bankrupt. It appears that is exactly what Mandelson was doing with our money, spending in Labour marginals on projects that were not value for money.
If the ' New Politics' are to mean anything,Mandelson should be investigated by the Metropolitan Police, not by the public accounts committee, who and on past performances pass the harsh penalty of 'apologising' to the House.
Figures disclosed by the Treasury last night showed that ministers overruled civil servants on spending plans on at least four occasions since the start of 2010.
Advice from officials was ignored on a further nine occasions in 2009. This compares with just five occasions in the previous three years.
Three quarters of these objections were on ‘value for money’ grounds.
Lord Mandelson's spending decisions were challenged on five occasions in 2009 including a loan to a quango in the west Midlands and £10million worth of funding for sports complex in Leeds.
Other objections on value for money grounds were made to the £300million car scrappage scheme and plans for dairy farmers.
The spending decisions are now likely to be investigated by MPs on the Public Accounts Committee, which oversees Whitehall spending, when it is reconvened.
Christopher Hope- The Telegraph
In Police parlance the CPS have charged the 'small fry' but the 'Mr Big' has not been cornered, the Lords elegantly sidestepped any charges of corruption amongst their own, Mandelson included.
For so many 'Letters of Direction' to be issued by First Division Civil Servants 2009-10 demonstrates to my mind that something akin to abuse of Public Funds was being alledged by the Civil Service.
This is not a repetition of ' falsifying mortgage applications' or getting British Passports for his Indian friends, this is the wholesale rape of the exchequer.
Do you trust a Committee of MP's to determine anything other than a slap on the wrist ?
Mandelson should be prosecuted to the full extent of the Law as would any District Councillor, 'pour encourager les autres', so they do not think they can commit any crime and be untouchable before the Law.
The first thing is needed is a formal complaint to the Metropolitan Police, something I am sadly precluded from doing for the present.