Troughing MPs: What Gordon did next

How Brown minor did rather well after his Schooldays

If you go to the MPs’ interest declarations at the Commons online whatnot, you can observe in cinerama technicolor 3-D HD 32gig pixel clarity what the final outcome of the Expenses Scandal has really been: full, frank and brass-necked disclosure.

This doesn’t stem the Citizen observer’s growing sense, on reading these euphemistic claims, that surreal political luminaries like Gordon Brown are cashing in pretty much in the same way that his arch-rival Moral Tone did. Still, Mr Brown is from a more careful era during which politicians like Bill Clinton only reaped the rewards after they’d messed up bigtime. The Unholy Orders to which Jeremy Hunt genuflects look to make a pile before they wreck anything of importance.

Gordon’s dissemble of choice is the phrase ‘I am not receiving any money from this role personally. It is being held by the Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown for the employment of staff to support my ongoing involvement in public life.’ Hmm. Does the, um, office of G & S Brown indulge at all, we wonder, in this ‘ongoing involvement’? Do its occupants eat the food, lie down in the beds, spend the fees?

It’s the usual NewsSpeak bollocks; but for the record,  it amounted to £706,500 from August to December 2011. So the office of the man who licked the bankers all over, sold the gold, overspent the budget, hid everything off balance-sheet, and then lost the one election he ever faced, is pulling down somewhere around £1.7m per annum. He also gets an MP’s salary and a former PM’s pension – the latter of which is, of course, index-linked.

There are many, many times during any given week that I wish I’d been a spendthrift bullsh*tting incompetent in my working life. For verily, I’d be far better off than I am today.

But mainly, I wish I was An Office, making no money from my role personally. It sounds like a lot of fun to me.

 

 

34 thoughts on “Troughing MPs: What Gordon did next

  1. Just to give a flavour for those who don’t click through:

    Transport paid for me and my staff to New York campuses; value £1,598.14. (Registered 3 July 2012)
    I am not receiving any money from this role personally. It is being held by the Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown for the employment of staff to support my ongoing involvement in public life.

    Those last sentences are under +every+ expense. They are swanning around the world at our expense under that pathetic rubber stamp.

    Why is his wife included in this? She’s nobody.

    • Now now benfitzg, Sarah gave up a perfectly respectable position as a member of the human race when she was persuaded, almost certainly against her better judgment, to take up this new career. I just hope that the package was worth her while …

    • Like you, I DID click through. But where do you get the idea that any swanning around is at OUR expense?

      Is he personally cashing in? I don’t know. Do you? I don’t know how many staff his “office” employs at what annual cost, though that is probably available information. Do you know? As far as I can see, moneys paid are mainly (though not entirely) not unreasonable expense reimbursements

      Gordon is not fundamentally a bad or immoral man (Please read on before you hang me from the nearest burning cross). Personal insecurity, exacerbated by frustrated ambition and a burning sense of injustice at being passed over for Tony, is a crippling character flaw that should have disqualified him from government office:

      The constantly repeated mantra of not receiving any money personally has a tiresome, grating, “moral tone” (that’s a beauty, JW), but is it actually bollocks? If so, it hasn’t been deconstructed with evidence by either JW or the slogger lynch mob.

      • I did read on. Gordon Brown is the worst chancellor in the history of the world. He has so much to answer for it’s unbelievable.

        “No more boom and bust”. The man is an utter fool.

        He’s living at the taxpayer expense, even if he is doing “work” whilst claiming.

      • Whatever happened to Gordon and is faux stage wife working for charity like they said he would after his retirement as our greatest ever Chancellor, the man who successfully abolished boom and bust?

        The great moral son of the manse is simply filling his boots like all the other political class chancers.

        Remember how he charged us all for his Sky Sports subscription wholly in connection with his parliamentary duties, nudge nudge, wink wink.

        How someone like him and that other great socialist bastion John Prescott ever got to high office is completely beyond my understanding.

        Well the British electorate having sown the seeds will now reap the whirlwind paid with full interest owed over the next generations for giving these clowns power.

        Reap it and enjoy.

      • @InTeleGent
        Are you kidding us all? Brown never had any bollocks to deconstruct as he was and still is a complete cock who has ruined your, your children’s and your grandchildren’s future. Where have you been for the last 15 years? Planet Self-Denial along with the one-eyed moron himself? Geepers.

      • InTeleGent

        “Personal insecurity, exacerbated by frustrated ambition and a burning sense of injustice at being passed over for Tony, is a crippling character flaw that should have disqualified him from government office”

        Yes indeed. But rather than get too het up about how bad this was, we should surely be working out how the system which gives us our political leaders could have come up with a sandwich consisting of Brown as the ham, and Blair and Cameron as the slices of bread. And then perhaps to wonder just how terrible a person is it capable of coming up with next.

  2. And I bet the a**ehole will STILL say – and believe – he’s doing nothing wrong or immoral.

    Words fail me.

    There are times when barricades in the streets and AKs all round seem to be the best if not the only response…

      • Something with a (very) pointy end, perchance?

        The US constitution guarantees the right to bear arms, for the necessity of protecting the freedom of the people. This of course, includes protection from internal threats (neocons?) and as an unarmed populace is easier to control and subjugate, one asks why our dear leaders are all so viscerally for it…

  3. “So the office of the man who licked the bankers all over, sold the gold, overspent the budget, hid everything off balance-sheet, and then lost the one election he ever faced, is pulling down somewhere around £1.7m per annum.”

    …. I wanted to see it written again!

    • More fool the people who are paying him.

      But what starts to worry me is that this seems like more evidence of a secret global cabal of which we currently know very little. Who IS funding Mandelson’s consultancy, and Bliar’s and Brown’s ? Who in the right minds would want to chuck millions into their pockets and for what reason? That’s the real bollocks that needs deconstructing because it makes no sense whatever to pay people who are not only no longer in senior office but are also widely held to have been part-architects of an economic disaster for hundreds of millions of people in Europe.

  4. @InTeleGent:
    “Gordon is not fundamentally a bad or immoral man (Please read on before you hang me from the nearest burning cross).”

    Apart from being knee-deep in pedophillic conspiracies. But then I’m sure you don’t hold that against him. That would be…immoral?

    Now where’s that nearest burning cross when you need one?

  5. During my time in the Army I came to know several people from the Kirkcaldy/Fife area. Without exception, thicker than planks – so that perhaps helps to explain the choice of Gordon as their MP!

    The classic case was one guy from there that had just (allegedly) completed his basic Plant Operator Mechanic course. One day he was detailled to clean the spark plugs on an Allis-Chalmers excavator.

    After about an hour or so he came back to report that he couldn’t find them! Not surprising on something powered by a diesel engine.

    I suppose it made a change from sky hooks, bulling rings and long weights (waits) at the guardroom.

    • Second that VJ.

      Shortly after McRuin had managed to tunnel into No.10 I asked a Scottish chum what he thought of him. He didn’t answer straight away, but after a bit he threw me a glance and said thoughtfully, “Ye dae ken he’s frae Fife ..?”. Said it all for me really.

      • I am sure the likes of Adam Smith, Andrew Carnegie and Sir John Leslie, to name but 3 Fifers, would not appreciate either being stereotyped as thick or compared to Gordon Brown, who by the way is from Renfrewshire.
        To understand the predominant voting for labour in central / non rural Fife you perhaps should research the lifes of miners / factory workers in Fife during the 19th and early 20th centuries, who improved their lot and who shut down the pits.

      • Bemused .. William Bligh and Humphry Davy were both good Cornish yeomen who displayed courage, intelligence and ingenuity of a very high order. A lot of my work takes me to Cornwall … have you been there recently? The stereotypical Kernowek is to be found in profusion – and they far outnumber the Blighs and the Davys I am able to confirm.

      • Caratacus, point well taken. Sadly I have not had the pleasure of visiting Cornwall recently. Perhaps as a Fifer myself, I was a little sensitive.

      • Bemused – and let us not forget Alexander Selkirk, one of the great influences of my young life. I spent a very happy year in the early 70s on Holy Isle (off Arran) as a direct result of reading of his exploits!

  6. Lying cheating SOB that he was I do not think is much worse than any other current politician. Oh for the days when politicians were honourable men and women irrespective of their political stripe.

  7. On the issue of former PMs coining it. have you looked at what A. Blair is likely to get as a commission for facilitating the Glencore Xstrata $90 billion merger? My conservative guess is $ 100 million. (That would be 1 per cent of the value of the Qatari’s holdings. Their shares are vital for the deal to succeed.)

  8. I wonder if audited accounts are published for the Office co. ltd? What is the tax status? Presumably, once he ceases to be an MP the surplus can be used for personal expenses and/or transferred to personal accounts. His average fee seems to be $100k for a one hour speech which is a fraction to Blair’s standard charge. (Blair was paid $1.5 million for an eight hour visit to Manila two or three years ago, where he gave a one hour desultory speech.) Mrs. T picked $250 K for the same thing 20 years ago paid by Citibank.

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