"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Smith -v- Clements

Just one week ago Ian Clements, a Deputy Mayor of London, having been charged under the Fraud Act, received:
a 12-week suspended sentence,
100hrs of community service,
a 12-week curfew
and was also ordered to play £1k costs

for putting £156-worth of meals on his City Hall credit card.  Clements had previously repaid the money.
The judge said he "fragrantly* and arrogantly" abused public money to indulge himself with meals.  "You must have known full well when questioned in relation to these matters of the manifest bogusness of the claims you were making... You knew very well what was required when using a corporate credit card and you saw yourself as somehow above the rules." 
The judge paid tribute to the "diligence" of the press for exposing the abuse and said the public had a right to know how their money is spent.

As for Jacqui Smith - the 'troughiteer' who yesterday stood up in Parliament and gave the first of what will no doubt be many surly, self-justifying apologies from a long line of MPs - she's still an MP and will stand for re-election in her Redditch constituency next May.

A quarter of dolly mixtures to Grumpy Old Twat for the graphic.
[* sic]

3 comments:

  1. OOooo thanks GV!
    Dolly mixtures are my absolute favourite.
    Really ;-)

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  2. Cheers GoT - I don't know what I'd do without your sherbert dab-dabs.

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  3. AnonymousMay 11, 2010

    Ah yes, apologies then but she's paid the price now hasn't she? Couldn't have happened to a more deserving person. I hope she is reminded every time she looks at that bath plug.

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