Saturday, March 15, 2008


Details of MP’s (Members of Parliament’s) so called “John Lewis” shopping list were released by the government this week as part of the Freedom of Information Act. It certainly makes interesting reading, detailing how much MP’s can claim to spruce up their second homes. MP’s can claim expenses running into thousands of pounds to cover new bathrooms and kitchens and other household items including tv’s and hi-fis for their second homes and all funded by the taxpayer, up to a limit of £22,000.

Considering most people in this country can’t afford to get on the property ladder and purchase a first home, never mind a second home, this is like a slap in the face and just adds insult to injury. Members of Parliament earn much higher salaries than the rest of us. Being able to afford a second home is living proof of that. These people can well afford to pay for home refurbishments themselves and shouldn’t expect the hardworking taxpayer to fund them. Like many others in Britain, I’m obviously in the wrong job. I’ll have to become an MP in my next life, with all the perks and benefits that go with it including being able to own a second home refurbished at the taxpayers’ expense! Sounds like the ideal job to me! Nice work if you can get it!

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