Given the headline news going around at the moment, how about making it mandatory for anybody wanting to be an MP to have at least GCSE Maths. This should not only put an end to "Innocent accounting errors" but maybe prevent a repetition of the financial mess thay have created for us all. At least, we now know that it is not "we" who have created the current recession, but "them" and their lack of ability to add up. (Or are they just crooks?) RT
(or are they just crooks) ? Probably. I mean how can anyone make an expenses claim of many thousands of £ for a mortgage that does not exist on the property by mistake !!! How many members here could forget they dont have a mortgage to pay I mean come on, less alone one they state costs a fortune every month to pay ?
It never ceases to amaze me that being an MP is one of the few jobs left that you don't need any kind of qualification for. I'm all for people doing the best for themselves, but in an age when you need a licence to drive a fork lift truck, shouldn't they be made to go on some kind of course where they learn the basics of how to conduct their business, and have to sit (and pass) an exam before they're allowed to take their seat? After all, they're supposed to make the laws for the rest of us, so they should at least have some basic education. It's no wonder that every time a seat becomes vacant there are at least 10 applicants in most cases - they know what a gravy- train it is. The next thing I'd like to see is a list of all the overseas trips they have made, and who went with them. I have always failed to understand how MPs (who are, after all, supposed to represent their local constituency), seem to find it necessary to travel abroad so much - at our expense of course. On the subject of expenses, I have spent most of my working life claiming them. They have always been scrutinised by my line manager, and then by an accountant, before they were cleared. A perfectly acceptable situation I thought, and we all knew what we could and couldn't claim for. Moreover, we knew that if we consistently claimed for things we shouldn't have without a reasonable explanantion, we'd be out of the door, and indeed this happened to one person, and he deserved it.
Someone mentioned the Blairs expenses and guess what they shredded the accounts prior to leaving office ? now please dont tell me some civil servant somewhere didn`t keep a copy of Tony and Cheries accounts expenses just for a rainy day retirement fund supplement ?