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.
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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