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only_one_maria
Mar 29th, 2009, 12:43 PM
Sounds unbelieveable. MPs can claim cable tv under their expenses. Ms Smith claimes it was her husband who decided to pay for the pay per view adult movies and she knew nothing about it. According to surveys a lof of Brits are accessing pornography, but in hard times they might not be sympathetic to such indulgent expenses claims from their politicians. btw they also have a 13 year old son.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2347860.ece

raffles
Mar 30th, 2009, 12:43 AM
Well if you were married to Jacqui Smith you too might want to watch porn. Claiming for cable tv, isn't that part of their John Smith's second home budget?

Scotso
Mar 30th, 2009, 06:47 AM
I don't see the problem. If they can claim cable TV, why not this? Are the British people okay with paying for their MPs to watch "The Brady Bunch" reruns?

AdeyC
Mar 30th, 2009, 09:07 AM
Wouldn't have happened in Maggie's day

Halardfan
Mar 30th, 2009, 10:04 AM
Im amazed by how big a story this has been, making the front page of newspapers, leading news bulletins. Basically her husband watched 2 porn films on an account covered by her expenses. Embarassing, but tiny really.

I think our national politicians are among the least corrupt in the world. From what I hear, its local councillors who are the more corrupt ones...

raffles
Mar 30th, 2009, 10:24 AM
I agree if that the most corrupt thing they she's done then I'm not worried. I mean its alot less than the cost of those hideous hairdo that Cherie Blair used to get.

raffles
Mar 30th, 2009, 10:24 AM
I agree if that the most corrupt thing they she's done then I'm not worried. I mean its alot less than the cost of those hideous hairdo that Cherie Blair used to get.

rockstar
Mar 30th, 2009, 10:46 AM
she should have blamed it on her son :devil:

Talula
Mar 30th, 2009, 01:07 PM
It isn't the most corrupt thing she has done.

For a start she has employed her husband - as if he was the only person who could do the job - at tax payers' expense.

She has claimed thousands in housing allowance while staying in her sister's spare bedroom. Paid for by the tax payer.

The claim for watching the pornography was to be funded by the tax payer. There was no reason for him to be watching ANY pay for TV and no basis to claim for that. If he wanted to watch pay for TV he should have paid for it himself.

'New Labour' is horribly corrupt and the working tax paying public, who have funded this and more are sick of it.

Talula
Mar 30th, 2009, 01:10 PM
I don't see the problem. If they can claim cable TV, why not this? Are the British people okay with paying for their MPs to watch "The Brady Bunch" reruns?

The point is they can't claim for pay for TV. Why should they?

JS is also the Home Secretary, responsible for all legislation and the law on such issues as crime, immigration, social behaviour, all matters affecting the current social decline in the UK such as binge drinking, child porn etc. And her husband - his wages paid for by the tax payer for a job any number of people could do - spends his time and claims for watching porn.

If it was America she would have resigned by now.

Halardfan
Mar 30th, 2009, 01:17 PM
While I agree that rules across the board need to be tightened, and abuses of the system curtialed, such issues go across the political spectrum. Its been a torrid time for Labour, partly self-inflicted, partly caught in a global storm. Also, compared to the vast majority of countries I think our politicians are a pretty honest bunch.

The mistake we made was enacting too conservative a policy, too little regulation of banks who turned out to be staggeringly incompetent, and thus had to be bailed out at all our expense.

MJ.Hart
Mar 30th, 2009, 01:48 PM
What movies did he watch, anybody know? Just that, there's not much on tonight.

Vanity Bonfire
Mar 30th, 2009, 09:02 PM
What movies did he watch, anybody know? Just that, there's not much on tonight.

:lol::lol:

I would have loved it if Gordon Brown, after having said that Jacqui Smith was doing a wonderful job, added the words 'As the 'House of Commons Film Critic'.

Scotso
Mar 30th, 2009, 09:21 PM
The point is they can't claim for pay for TV. Why should they?

Isn't all television pay for unless you're getting just broadcast channels? If they're going to pay for any TV they shouldn't complain about any of it.

Kart
Mar 30th, 2009, 09:58 PM
I'm quite enjoying watching her squirm myself as she is dreadful.

Though this kind of information really is none of our business. It would have been enough to ask why we're funding pay-per-view TV in the first place though as someone above pointed out, the second home claims scandals we've been hearing about lately are far worse IMHO.

Hazel
Mar 31st, 2009, 07:21 AM
Isn't all television pay for unless you're getting just broadcast channels? If they're going to pay for any TV they shouldn't complain about any of it.

Not in the UK! Trust us British on here, they were on a scam!

Hazel
Mar 31st, 2009, 07:22 AM
I'm quite enjoying watching her squirm myself as she is dreadful.

Though this kind of information really is none of our business. It would have been enough to ask why we're funding pay-per-view TV in the first place though as someone above pointed out, the second home claims scandals we've been hearing about lately are far worse IMHO.

I agree. I also love seeing her squirm.