but this is the area i have issues with.
i could go to thailand and fuck a schoolgirl…technically i'm not breaking a law as such, but morally i'm commiting a crime and if you have any respect as a person with morals then you wouldnt do it.
its about morals, and the elected government having a notion of whats right and wrong which you expect them to have.
claiming 12k for bathroom improvements for a 2nd home is taking advantage of the system … in fact its abuse of the system. and for me, the biggest issues are the ones close to home thus this being a fucking huge issue as it questions the morals of the elected.
thats the whole point though isnt it.. technically they're not breaking a law.
I see how you see that but at the end of the day they are taking what they deserve. It is, and has been for the past couple of decades, that an M.P.s salary is not what it says on their pay slip, expenses are part of that and it is, imo, taking what they deserve
60,000 is not a massive wage for someone who has come out of Oxford with a double first, and to keep hold of the best people to run the country we need to pay them more, ok up until now its been by the shadier way of expenses (which btw everybody fiddles, regradless of industry), i think the law should be changed and a higher wage be given to them as its what they deserve and what they need to stop them from running into the city and becoming the ceo of a top bankhttp://atonesdiscretion.blogspot.com/
there's so much wrong with that statement, but i'll leave it to others to break down.
for me, politics is first and foremost to serve the public and serve your country. no ifs and buts, if you want to make big money go into another field.. its not about getting the best people to run the country, its about getting the right people.. those who dont want the position for personal gain. those who want to make the country better for their constituents and future generations.
what they deserve? what is that exactly in relation to the expense scandal? have you even read what some of these people are spending our money on?
a little ditty i have when i was at uni doing personal shopping. jack straw the former home secratary used to take our services up and spend 4-5k every 6 or so months on clothes and write it off as expenses.. yes people fiddle expenses. i've done it, we all do it, albeit not for things like egyptian cotton sheets or big screen tv's.. but government is the one area you expect it to not occur simply because its taxpayer funds and the onus is on the individual to not abuse a system put in place to allow the average person who is in government to serve their consituency.