"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."

Friday, 26 November 2010

Baroness Uddin Suspended

We really need an effective mechanism to rid ourselves of these unelected pariahs who were appointed to the House of Lords as a reward for services rendered to political parties.

Thanks to Blair's half-cocked efforts at 'modernisation' it's now a disgraceful pig's ear of a mess and ineffective at performing its true role - that of scrutinising legislation and being a back-stop for any government's excess. Half of the 'noble' clique aren't up to scratch and not the slightest bit interested in the oversight of legislation or protecting the people from over-bearing government.

Baroness Uddin stole from the public purse but hasn't faced a criminal court. Instead, parliamentary authorities have suspended her for eighteen months and instructed her to repay £125k. An eighteen-month suspension is unprecedented and about as bad as it can get. Uddin claims she's "too poor" to repay the money so how about a spell behind bars?

After her thievery was exposed last year she even had the cheek to continue over-claiming, as did her fellow Peer, Lord Paul. Paul, a 'close friend' of Gordon & Sarah Brown, is one of Britain's richest men with a personal fortune of approx. £500m.

The promised clean-up of Parliament isn't happening. Uddin and the rest will keep their titles and she'll be back in the Lords in eighteen months if nothing is done in the meantime.

Other peers who ripped off as much as they could are Baroness 'so, sue me' Adams (link includes full list),  Baron Touhig, Lord Knight of Weymouth, Lord McAvoy and Lord McConnell.

I was a student once. I may not have the designer clothes or the high kicks of the current crop but I do have the anger.

2 comments:

  1. This country is a Kleptocracy.

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  2. Nicely succinct, OR. If they're not filching taxpayers' money to line their pockets they're asset-stripping and sending wealth-creating manufacturing abroad, so, yes, I'd say kleptocracy sums it up nicely. The worst thing they've stolen though is man's dignity in work and providing for his family.

    I hope I receive one of Cameron's 'happiness' questionnaires next year!

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