"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."

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Have Your Say

IPSA, the outside regulatory body set up by Gordon Brown, is still under fire from MPs (and Cameron) who are now claiming it is anti-family life because of the new restrictions on expenses.  When will these people stop whining?
''I think in its present form it (Ipsa) should be scrapped because it's not fit for purpose. It's the worst organisation I have had to deal with in 40 years in public life.''
''The patience of Members of Parliament has reached such a state that inevitably there will be changes.''
The PM told them he "recognised that (Ipsa) has caused a lot of pain and difficulty", and criticised the new arrangements. "It is anti-family and it is not acceptable," he said. Cameron warned that Ipsa must improve by April or he would force changes.
For years MPs set and policed their own rules and protected themselves with a code of silence while they pocketed every penny to which they felt they were entitled from the public purse.  Many MPs returned at the last GE don't deserve to be there and those who returned them to office should hang their heads in shame for not doing their homework more thoroughly before voting.

However, be that as it may, MPs are being asked what changes they would like to see made to IPSA rules but they won't be having it all their own way if  IPSA chairman Sir Ian Kennedy has anything to do with it:
'In the past, MPs decided the rules themselves and they did so behind closed doors. Not any more.  For the next six weeks we are asking everyone to tell us what they think.'
Make your suggestions here

I thought that IPSA was a waste of time and money when it was first set up and I haven't changed my mind. The only ultimate 'outside regulatory body' that MPs should have is the electorate, but, thanks to another cock-up by Brown, we now have IPSA and may as well make use of it. If some MPs don't like it they can go boil their heads, especially John 'Lord'' Reid .

In another article in the Telegraph the Department for International Development (aka 'Overseas Aid') comes under closer scrutiny as well:
Quarterly expenses and hospitality reports published on DfID’s website provide surprising insights into where its money is spent.
I think the only way to draw the attention of MPs and civil servants to our disgust at this wanton profligacy with our taxes is a national tax strike day or something similar.  They won't change their ways until the overall tax take goes down and while cows waits patiently in a queue to be milked, it won't.  I think it's time we showed the government they're not the only ones to have learned about 'nudging' and behavioural and lifestyle placement.

The Guardian has its usual live blog  of political events.

PS  I'm sure I'm not the only one who's noticed how the Telegraph has cut back on readers' comments in the past few months.   Very few of their articles now seem to have the facility.


  1. If they are not happy with the job and perks then resign and get a proper full time job as their are unemployed willing to do it.

  2. Agreed CH - the newly elected MPs at least knew what IPSA was doing before they stood for election so if they weren't happy ... As for the others - well, they can always blame Gordon Brown :-)

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  4. "the patience of Parliament" - does that make Parliament the doctor? If so, I'm picturing the Cenobite doctor from Hellraiser 2.


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