Sunday, February 28, 2010

Crook? That's ok your pass is still valid

Were I to do something as stupid as robbing my employer I'd expect to be sacked, I certainly wouldn't expect to keep my loyalty card to the company shop and premesis. yet this is exactly what's still on offer to the troughers of Westminster.

DISGRACED MPs will retain their privileged access to the House of Commons even after losing their seats in parliament.
Almost all will be entitled to a parliamentary pass for life as a result of a secret ruling by Michael Martin, the Commons Speaker who was ousted during the expenses scandal.
In the past only MPs with long service in the Commons have been able to obtain the pass, which gives access to the buildings and meeting places.
The ruling could help departing MPs to market their continuing connections with parliament to political lobbyists. Former members are forbidden from using the pass for lobbying, but there are no safeguards to stop them doing so. 
Documents acquired after a two-year freedom of information battle with the Commons authorities show that 25 of the 200 former MPs who have a pass work in lobbying.
Sir Alistair Graham, former chairman of the committee for standards in public life, the parliamentary watchdog, said: “Access to parliament provides an incentive for lobbyist companies to employ ex-MPs.”
And they wonder why they are held in such contempt? They wonder why the public refuse to even discuss politics anymore or get involved. There is a place for those politicians involved in robbing and cheating their employers (that would be you and I) and it isn't the Palace of Westminster it's HMP Belmarsh!

They've even given up pretending to care, they claim the title honourable, but there is scant honour in these thieves.

1 annotations:

Anonymous said...

I'm spitting feathers over this QM.

Something must be done to stop it.

People at the top seem to fall into buckets of s*** and come out smelling of roses. It just has to stop.

I hope you wont mind if I blog on this myslef tomorrow with an appropriate link to this article.

Thanks for bringing it to our attention.