Wednesday, October 28, 2009

MPs Employing Wives

In principle I see no reason for MPs not to employ family members. Politics is a 'profession' full of people with egoes who are not averse to backstabbing whenever necessary, and it is on a scale that is much more vicious than in virtually any other walk of life. If I was an elected representative and had a family member, wife or other, who could do a job for me I would certainly employ them before many others in politics, if only because I knew I could trust them to be working with me rather than against me.

Of course there has to be transparency, after all what serious politicans wants people whispering that Mrs X or Mr Y is being bunged £40,000pa to swan around the West End. One of the prices to pay for being an elected representative is saying goodbye to privacy, you must prove that your staff, family or otherwise, are actually employed gainfully and not just receiving a subsidy.

Of course there have been cases where MPs' families have been receiving money for nothing and that, quite rightly, needs stamping out. But it isn't just MPs but MEPs who are at it. They came through the expenses scandal in their elections in June pretty untainted, but former UKIP MEP Tom Wise is up before the courts next month, a fate yet to befall an MP, and you don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to unearth some pretty unsavoury financial shenanigans in Brussels and Strasbourg. Indeed when I was involved with UKIP their position was to publicly oppose employing family members on MEPs' allowances. A position shown to be slightly hypocritical when we found out, through a national newspaper, that Nigel Farage, UKIP MEP, had been employing his wife on an undisclosed salary for some time. None of us knew what she did exactly as we had never come across her in the course of our work.

By contrast Nikki Sinclaire, UKIP MEP for the West Midlands, is highly transparent in explaining her allowances and lists, on her website, who she employs and what they do for her. I suggest you visit Nikki's website. Incidentally, she des not employ any family members.

So there is a need for openness and transparency but I sympathise with hard working staff, who happen to be related to the MP for whom they work, who now face the chop. The expenses of MPs need sorting out, but there is a real danger of throwing the baby out with the bath water. The whole thing seems to be becoming yet another huge and dangerous over reaction that this country is becoming all too familiar with, yes it has been bad but please let's keep things in proportion.

Ironically bombing Iraq and Afghanistan, leading to the deaths of hundreds of British servicemen, will go unpunished. What is the bigger crime in the real world? Indeed Blair could be rewarded with becoming first President of the United States of Europe, which says it all.

2 comments:

Truth Will Out said...

Oh but Farage is very generous with his allowances.

Remember Annabelle Fuller? Not his wife but "very close" to him.

There are currently rumours about a French lady too, he really has taken to life in Europe.

However, there are no rumours that the Latvian pole dancer he was friendly with was on the payroll.

Greg L-W. said...

Hi,

I am given to understand that since he was forced to fire Annabelle Fuller for her sordid behaviour only when John Wittaker refused to continue as Chairman.

It was then that he picked up his ghastly little puppet and the baggage that seemingly went with him and made him the unelected chair having sat on him adequately to ensure his misguided support he was duelly rewarded with an MEPship at the expense of Gregg.

I understand, having some difficulty in obtaining upright work in her own right Ms. Fuller gained a position with the Royal British Legion via daddy!

I gather disgusted members having read her vile outpourings forced her resignation.

Now she is befouling The Army Benevollent Fund as Press Officer!!! No doubt they know little of her!

I gather as ever Farage has been thinking with his little head rather than his big head and is as a result under investigation by OLAF over inappropriate use of funds paying his on off squeeze and seemingly her brother who I guess helps him on and off!

I note such information from Junius:
http://JuniusOnUKIP.blogspot.com and have absolutely no reason to doubt Ms. Aurilee LeLou to be under Farage in the pecker order, where her brother comes in the pecking order I know not!

I do gather this is information of some long standing.

One of my contacts in the EU in confirming the facts independentl reitterated the comment, obviously doing the rounds, that it was the first time Farage had been in love with someone other than himself!

One has to feel sorry for Fuller, although her condition has been both self inflicted and damaging - his exploitation of this none to bright and very foolish young woman does seem to have been more than somewhat mercenary and self indulgent.

That Farage paid his wife is irrefutable but that as the Court EUnoch(**) he paid his other women seems likely.

Regards,
Greg L-W.

(**) you will be aware that Farage has claimed to have had testicular cancer twice. Unless he is a pawn broker it begs the question who fathers his children whilst he is absent from home with other women!