Another day and some more expenses. I've said before and I'll say again, there are some that have been cited that I think have been unfairly judged, whilst there are others who are verging on the white collar criminal level. I, much like Danny Finkelstein, think there is a world of difference between a trouser press and a phantom mortgage and that people should judge with some sense of proportion.
The problem is when you read some of these, like with the family court post below, the mind just boggles once again at the sense of entitlement some MPs have with certain things. Today, the Telegraph has revealed that Labour's Frank Cook put a claim in for a £5 church collection.
The claim was rejected by the infamous Fees Office, and, like with the phantom mortgages and flipping the redacting process that was being carried out would not have revealed that the donation was for a church collection if we'd sat and waited.
Now, some might say that this was only a fiver and it wasn't allowed anyway, but you have to ask yourself, what sort of person goes to church and puts a fiver in the plate and then thinks they ought to put a claim in for it. One might, if one was purely partisan, expect such a thing from an evil Tory, but from an angelic member of the social democrat elite?
Speaking of evil Tories though, the Telegraph has also revealed that Tim Yeo put a claim in for a laptop. Big deal some might say, an MP needs a computer so this is surely OK? Well that laptop was, like the picture above, pink, and the £900 claim came just before Christmas.
The implication of those facts is pretty clear, and to think positively of them we have to assume that Tim Yeo has, likes, and uses a pink laptop. I expect the justification will be that it was for one of the females who works for him.