Well you didn’t think a Ranty Friday would go past without me mentioning Maria Miller did you? I have to say I have been appalled by the way she has behaved recently. I haven’t followed the entire saga and know all the ins and outs but what I do know about makes me properly rage.
I have always said that it is not the fact a mistake happens, it is how it is handled afterwards that matters. Be that the wrong pizza being delivered or you get caught fiddling your expenses. Maria Miller claims it was a mistake that she claimed for £45,000. Easy mistake to make, I am sure. <raises an eyebrow> What happened next though was despicable.
Rumours of her putting pressure on a journalist to not publish stories ( I say rumour, I have no proof this happened and have to be careful I am not sued). Of ignoring what a committee recommended etc. Of pretty much arguing and being obstinate over the entire affair. Of giving a 30 second apology in the House of Commons where the apology was to the committee and not to anybody else. And made only because it was requested. Not because it came from the heart.
Not repaying the whole amount.
We address our MPs as the “Right Honourable”. How can that now be said of Maria Miller? Nothing is right nor honourable about her.
I saw a great tweet that went along the lines of:
Borrow £45,000 from Wonga, repay £50,000
Borrown £45,000 from a Credit Union, repay £45,250
Borrow £45,000 from Parliament, repay £5,000
Maria Miller’s house in Wimbledon is designated as the second home. Yet it would appear to be that is where the family lived. The children educated nearby. That is not a second home, is it? That is THE home. I know many families who have a second home, they are not where the family base themselves or educate their children.
How can that home then be sold and the profit from the sale be kept? When it amounts to £1.2 million. How can that be possible? Or right? I am not suggesting that Maria Miller did anything wrong in this regard, it is the system that allows that.
Well you know what? I think this whole second home thing stinks. Many many people commute to work, and pay for that out of their salaries. Mr B in fact drives to work, parks where it is free and then cycles the last mile whatever the weather. Whatever the time.
People argue that Parliament sits late. Why? Why do they do that still? And okay, so they sit late and an MP for say Cumbria doesn’t finish work until 2am, put him up in a Travel Lodge over night. I am sure if we worked out what it would cost MPs to stay in a Travel Lodge or have an Addison Lee account (other hotel and taxi companies are available) the cost would be a damn sight less than what we are paying out now.
The whole system is wrong.
As is the fact that we can vote an MP in but we can’t vote them out.
Nothing has made me more angry lately than this. Nothing. Not even finding we had no bread yesterday when our shiny new toaster arrived.
THAT’s how angry Maria Miller makes me
*shakes fist in the direction of Basingstoke*
pic credit The Telegraph