Thursday, May 14, 2009

Norman Baker: Expenses hypocrite

I was really hoping this would happen.

Yes, Norman Baker claimed £7500 a year rent charges for his office which was inside a property he owned.

Priceless!
Hat Tip: Iain Dale

9 comments:

wonderfulforhisage said...

Come on, be fair Dizzy. Were he not using his current office and operating from another office in a building he didn't own, I assume you'd be happy that he claimed that rent. He'd then rent out his current office and pocket the proceeds. All fair and above board. Same difference in my view.

The only complaint that one could make would be that the rent he currently is claiming for the office he owns is in excess of market value. That would be fraud.

Sackerson said...

"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."

Intruder said...

Seems fair to me, except HMRC would regard this as income rather than expenses, so as long as he declared it as such... otherwise every self-employed could claim £7000 from their business without tax, and HMRC fine you for attempting that.

Sam Duncan said...

I sincerely hope you're joking, wonderfulforhisage.

He was claiming for rent on an office he wasn't renting. Case closed.

trevorsden said...

The reality seem to be Mr D that in fact his arrangement actually saved the taxpayer money. Quite frankly I cannot be arsed to read any more about it to refute your claim for certain.

The fact is your remarks here and the hysteria of others reminds me of the hysteria whipped up at various time in the past against various minorities.

The fact that this time the minorities are MPS and may indeed deserve little sympathy is not the point.

If YOU have a point to make - then make it based on facts and the truth and demonstrate that you have looked at all sides of the story.

Maybe you should start cheerleading for all the man made global warming apologists - after all they have only a loose connection with the facts.


Great blog by the way

Phil Pedley said...

The reason that Baker is a hypocrite is that he made a wholly false allegation against another (Tory) MP, Dr Julian Lewis – alleging, without a shred of evidence, that he was not living in his constituency home. This was subsequently proved to be false. So whilst using some of his allowance to pay himself to use an office in his house that he already owned, he was wrongly accusing another MP of misusing his expenses. That is unambiguous hypocrisy.

Grumpy Old Sod said...

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Rob said...

Part of the problem here is taking your "facts" from one source. The Argus is terminally biased against Norman Baker. As far as I know, it has not printed his acount,which adequately explains everything, and which can be read here: http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/lewes-district-news/Lewes-MP-Norman-Baker-issues.5270120.jp

In any case I don't see how you can call a man a hypocrfite who has spent years trying to uncover these details against the determined eforts of massed ranks of Conservative and Labour MPs.

GregKaye said...

Hi Dizzy,
If you were a public official would you give up significant space in your own accommodation at no charge - or are your accusations hypocritical?