Sunday, February 25, 2024

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Politicians should follow the lead of Zac Goldsmith MP

 

He may be independently wealthy but Zac Goldsmith is a Member of Parliament whose actions in not claiming a single penny in expenses should send a signal to other politicians.

 

A rarity in Parliament: Zac Goldsmith MP
A rarity in Parliament: Zac Goldsmith MP

 

Shocking examples of note from this year’s £98.1 million tally of Commons’ records of expenses and staffing costs, according to the Mail Online, number Conservative MPs Nadine Dorries – best  known for skipping Parliament to enter I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2012 – who claimed a combined total of upto £79,998 on top of her salary to employ her two daughters and Peter Bone whose wife received upto £49,999 as his office manager. Northern Irish DUP MP Ian Paisley, The Mirror reports, claimed a total of £232,042.33 and Liberal Democrat Malcolm Bruce’s total came to £201,308.30.

 

Meanwhile, elsewhere, a controversial blog named From the Hornets Nest reported yesterday that Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Conservative councilor and non-executive director of Transport for London and Crossrail Daniel Moylan receives a total of £152,000 per year “in taxpayer generated income” on top of a further £42,000 per year of outside income as a non-executive director of several property trusts.

 

Prime Minister David Cameron promised to clean up the seedy world of politicians and their expenses after The Telegraph correctly exposed it for what it was. Thus far, he has failed. Zac Goldsmith should be sent in to clean up this mighty mess.

 

 

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    10 COMMENTS

    1. Come on. Get real. MPs work hard and they need to be paid properly. I thought better of you Matthew. You should not jump on this bandwagon. Goldsmith, as you say, may be rich but others couldn’t be MPs unless their train and plane fares were paid. Seriously disappointed in you.

      • I thought Matthew rather restrained in his criticism of the crude and vulgar way MP’s screw us.
        They have pensions we can only dream about and have the insolence to employ their families as highly paid support staff.
        They don’t work particularly hard at the job they are elected to do. In fact, most are creaming it doing consultancy or non exec work.
        I am glad Matthew bought up Daniel Moylan(not Boylan)
        It is outrageous that he can support his lifestyle off the backs of taxpayers….especially when he has no
        professional expertise. Keep up the good work and Harry GET REAL!

    2. As someone who spent 15 years on the ‘road’, I too think one needs to be very careful on this issue. It costs a great deal to travel a lot and live away from home. Economies of scale do not exist and simple rents are astronomic.. As long as their expenses are monitored then I’ave no probalem. They also need at least two or three support staff and a constituency office.

      I’ve been lucky enough to meet Zac Goldsmith two or three times in regard to a charity I chair in Richmond. He’s a delight and very supportive. A top man.

    3. MP’s seem to find time to engage in other entrepreneurial enterprises. Nurses, Police, Prison Officers also have to travel far distances to their place of work. What about the rest of us? Think again.
      Zac’s efforts are commendable, he feels the pain of ordinary people. The Goldsmith’s are at last getting the message.

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