Posted by: madkentdragon | April 8, 2014

A Pensioner’s View on Maria Miller


So another MP has been caught fiddling – or forgetting to adjust – their expenses, no surprise there and I just shrugged my shoulders and thought “Not surprised, all snouts in the trough together”

But then I read that she had tried to avoid the inquiry – a bit like a charlatan lawyer tries to get his obviously guilty client a not guilty verdict by twisting the law.

Now that’s definitely a bit fishy as far as I’m concerned – or am I being naïve?

Then came the allegation that the MP’s aides tried to stop a newspaper publishing the allegations by invoking Leveson – now to me that is blackmail, isn’t it?

So  she tried to avoid the Inquiry and  prevent the publication of the allegations, if you’ve got nothing to hide, why is this happening?

I don’t care whether the amount fiddled is thousands or ten bob, the point here is that a Member of Parliament is tried to avoid – well what was she trying to avoid – ah! The TRUTH!

Now MPs are there, elected by us to ensure that laws are made to protect the people, in other words we elect them to serve our nation – us!

Now she’s hiding behind the Prime Minister who seems to have lost the plot! She is allowed to keep her house and the profit she made but anyone who mis-claims benefits could lose theirs if found guilty – that’s if they own one.

So come on Dave, either you’re guilty and lose your house or not – you can’t have it both ways – benefit claimants don’t have the luxury of a second home like Maria Miller – so sort it out.

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Responses

  1. Fair comment, Pat. To be fair, because she elected to mske the London house a second residence she will have to pay Capital Gains Tax on the profit she has made. But, I hear you say, do we want to be fair? She hasn’t been, has she? No, and I don’t feel like being fair.
    My problem is more the way she handled the allegations than that she ‘fiddled’ her expenses but, above all, the indecisive way in which Cameron has behaved. Weak and uncaring of the people he is supposed to be leading.

    • My main problem is the lack of parity with the rest of Britain, If Mr Miller from anytown UK fiddled his benefits he would end up repaying it all and a criminal record and could lose his home. When an MP fiddles money from the government all that happens is a slap on the wrist – where’s the fairness? Plus the threats to the newspaper over a “misdemeanour” smacks of blackmail which is also a criminal offence.

  2. I think Miller (and Cameron) are banking on it not having much of an impact on the wider public but expenses and dodging are one of those things that will rankle the public for years to come.’We’re all in this together’ sounds hollow when her repayment was watered down to that extent.

    And it’s the apology. The thirty two seconds of going through the motions. If she doesn’t understand what the upheaval is about then she really doesn’t deserve to be in government because she’s clearly lacking a few brain cells.


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