Tuesday, June 16, 2009


What should happen to people who are paid by the tax payer when they are caught fiddling expenses?

Unfortunately for the mob going after MP's; capital punishment is no longer an option; nor is corporal punishment but; there has to be some kind of retribution right? Well no actually, in our world corruption is a crime but all corruption is not to be punished, it depends on how much the miscreant gained, the principle it would appear has to be linked to the cost, how very capitalist; a bit like the girl who admitted to being "a wee bit pregnant" corrupt? yes M'lud but only a wee bit.

The hysterical reaction to the MP's expenses has been a major exercise in national hypocrisy by millions of people; led by the nose by a right wing Tory Newspaper who deliberately set out to destabilise the Labour Govt. People who seemed shocked to learn that we live in a society where corruption is endemic.

Who then should investigate the accused MP's is that a rather obvious question; surely it has to be the "Harry Margolis - the Polis - the Rozzers" unfortunately we have no alternative do we? can anyone else do this; we seem obviously stuck with this don't we. I bow to no man in my admiration for the overwhelming majority of honest; diligent British Police Officers, the overwhelming majority that is. That does not include those responsible for deliberate miscarriages of justice and criminal activity of their own, can we trust the Police? thankfully the answer to that is 'most of the time.

I don't want to rely on the police offices who sent people to prison for lengthy spells on trumped up charges and I am revolted that they were not brought to justice themselves. I don't want to depend on the officers who shot the unarmed innocent man in the railway station 8 times; or those who caused the death of the guy who happened to be walking past them in London during the recent G8 protests. likewise the uniformed unnumbered police thug; photographed beating a terrified helpless woman with a baton at the same event.

Sunday's news brought a story that you just couldn't make up; 300 of Scotland Yard's elite detective squad have been 'nicked' for suspected fraud, based just along from the House of Commons; as I said you couldn't make it up. The elite nature of their jobs gave them access to a special credit card which they have allegedly been 'bending like mad' a senior officer seems to have spent £40,000 in expenses in a year. This card scheme included officers who dealt with organised crime and bizarrely and ironically officers who investigated the "cash for honours" investigation, honestly.

Three piece suits were bought by officers working abroad in temperatures of 45c in the shade; also fishing rods? presumably to catch crooks! large withdrawals at cash points, blank receipts from restaurants filled in by themselves, women's clothing was also bought but; no mention of the gender of the purchaser; perhaps that would be a scandal too far.

Perhaps now those who are behaving like volcanoes over MP's claims will start to get things into perspective; I certainly don't condone fraud or people stealing from the public purse but when something like this blows up it reminds me of the kind of society we live in. These are the guardians of the law we are talking about here. Condemn them? yes; punish them? yes; but please don't try to tell me you are surprised by them. Our society is obliged every now and then to look in the mirror and it is not usually a pretty sight.

"let he who is without sin cast the first stone"


Anonymous said...

So what you are saying Terry is "We all do it so it's really ok after all. What all the fuss about."

Anonymous said...

Anyone fiddling expenses like this should be sacked whether they politicians or police or anyone else for that matter.

Who actually made the expenses rules for MP's.

Wasn't it MP's.

Anonymous said...

I think you are delivering a huge insult to the public by descibing their reaction to MP's expenses as hysterical.

The main thrust of people'sm outrage centres around the second home scandal which appears to be peculiar to MP's.

I am not condoning anybody ripping off their expenses, however, the home flipping thing took the biscuit

Anonymous said...

Let me get this right Terry.

You are saying that the public are hypocrites for being angry at the MP's expenses scandal because some police officers have been caught diddling their expenses too.

So you are saying "what's all the fuss about"

You're contempt for the general public is unbelievable.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Anonymous) 09:13

“I certainly don't condone fraud or people stealing from the public purse”

Did you miss that bit?
I get the impression that you would just love to tell the public that Cllr. Kelly condones MP’s expense fiddling wouldn’t you. A bit obvious are you not?

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Anonymous) 09:39

MP’s made the rules which were appropriate, they still are; a new set will no doubt be put in place and they will get bent as well or; do you think that it is possible to get approx.650 people working in one organisation without any “wrong uns”

You wouldn’t get that at the General Assembly or for the sake of balance at the Vatican Council, time to get real.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Anonymous) 10:12

The fact that we have MP’s and indeed senior police officers as well as butchers, bakers & candle stick makers who are just as likely to be bent is a fact of our society;

Reserving your indignation for one type of employee is no more than individual prejudice & hypocrisy as well as living in cloud cuckoo land.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Anonymous) 10:21

I’m saying that we live in a corrupt society; and to criticise just one type of employee is hypocritical, why should they be treated differently from anyone else the MP’s are getting worse treatment than the Police or anyone else because of the Telegraph's anti Labour campaign.

I don’t regard telling the truth as showing contempt for anyone; on the contrary more people should do it, you should try it to.