Jacqui Smith And Those *Ahem*, Films

Those of us who have heard it I'm sure, raised an eyebrow when hearing this tale ! That said, aside from the subject matter of these films, is there any real story here? Its amusing to some and smiles and/or irritation all round, but it will mainly be forgotten before long. The same will be with regards to Dan Hannan's attack, which, aside from fellow bloggers, was only picked up by right-wing broadcast media in the United States (although John Prescott is right about it showing the growth of the power of blogging, and don't you just love Go 4th YouTube response ;-) )! Whilst its all entertaining in one way or another, at the risk of sounding pompus, lets take it all with a pinch of salt and worry and get more excited (heck, wrong word) about the issues which affect our daily lives!


Tom Paine said…
Yes there's a story. You are right that it's is not about the porn, Paul. It's about the fraud. She is the Home Secretary, in charge of the police, and she committed a fraud. She submitted a dishonest claim for expenses which were supposed to be in connection with doing her job as an MP, but weren't.

"I didn't realise" Yes love, tell that to the magistrates. Except in the corrupt state that your party has built, with you cheering vapidly from the sidelines, that isn't going to happen, is it? But it would happen to me, Paul, if I fiddled my employers and/or the taxman by claiming as expenses things that were not for business use, but for the personal consumption of myself or my family. We don't give a Home Secretary's husband's toss about the porn, Paul. It's the hypocrisy, double-standards and exploitation that has us all spitting with rage (in between laughing at her, in this case)

The truth is, she probably didn't know. She's probably so accustomed to living off the taxpayer that she bungs in a shoebox of bills every month without paying much attention. In my book, that's worse. She owes us a duty of care as to what she does with our money. But then look at her, Paul. What kind of an apology for a nation has a loser like her in one of the high offices of state?

The most unkind thing I could say about her right now is this. You would make a more plausible Home Secretary than her. This government is beyond scraping the barrel. It's through it and is now scraping the mire on which the barrel stood.
toronto condos said…
For me there's a story too, Tom. Not about he fraud, but about the expenses system as a whole. Why do politicians all over the world need to claim expenses, I ask? Do they not earn enough to be able to pay for them themselves, as normal people have to every day?

Just a thought.
Take care,