Sunday, 13 December 2009
Well the expenses scandal just doesn't go away, does it?
Figures released this week show that Kemptown MP Des Turner claimed £14,565.89 - more than half the average wage of his constituents - on top of his £65,000-a-year salary for taxpayer funded improvements and gadgets for his second home in central London.
The Argus carried as all the gory details - notably that we all paid about £2.5K for his new kitchen - and £350 for a telly.
I thought this was as good a reason as any to reproduce this cartoon - which tells the story of another Labour MP, former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, who found herself in hot water when it emerged her husband had been using her parliamentary expenses to pay his bill for porn films.
Obviously there's no suggestion that Des has been getting the taxpayer to fund a porn habit - but it made me chuckle anyway.