Archive for May 4th, 2009

Happy Birthday Boris…

I was looking at my Insite Law Netvibe page for political blogs and decided to visit Boris’s blog.  I just could not resist taking a ‘Snip’ – foie gras delivered to your door said the advert… love it!  Happy Birthday Mayor Boris… indeed.

Curiously…  the advert seems to have disappeared when I looked next… perhaps it is on a javascript cycle?

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It would appear that yet another member of our illustrious House of Lords has been doing a bit of fork bending. Possibly a £100,000 worth of fork bending.  The Sunday Times reported yesterday “Baroness Uddin, who worked closely with Tony and Cherie Blair, has been claiming allowances intended for peers living outside London although she resides only four miles from the Lords.”  Baroness Uddin is Britain’s first muslim woman peer.  The Sunday Times reports that she has lived with her family in Wapping since 1998 – four miles from the House of Lords.

The Sunday Times continues to hammer nail after nail by stating:

Inquiries by The Sunday Times have established that the baroness bought a two-bedroom flat in Maidstone in 2005 and has named it as her main home to claim almost £30,000 a year in accommodation expenses from the House of Lords. Residents from the five other flats in the same block as Uddin’s property all say they have never seen her there. They could see through the windows that the bedrooms were unfurnished. Neighbours report that Baroness Uddin has not been living at the property. They report piles on leaves on the balcony, sheets covering the windows – and these have recently fallen down to reveal ‘not a stick of furniture’ in the place”!   Lord Oakeshott, the Liberal Democrat frontbencher, said: “An empty property can’t be a peer’s main residence. The Lords authorities must check the facts of this case and investigate.”

The Sunday Times notes that “Last weekend, hours after The Sunday Times had challenged Uddin about her “main residence”, the baroness’s BMW 4×4 car was spotted at the Maidstone flat and members of her family arrived. A plumber who went into the flat to help the family with a broken boiler said: “It looked like they were just moving in. They told me they were just moving in.” By Sunday night, curtains covered the windows, a light was on in the hall and a mat was placed outside the front door.”

Baroness Uddin was not to keen to let reporters in to her main residence and told them that they would have to accept her word for it that the place was stuffed to the gunnels with furniture – possibly even purchased from the famous John Lewis catalogue?  this we are not told.

On the MP expenses issue – it now appears that when details are published in July they will be heavily censored to stop us finding out which hotel, which restaurant, which location.

BINGO! Do you want to live like a millionaire… on us?
How one member is going to explain away a Sauna, lord knows… but I am sure there will be a Lord somewhere who will be able to assist with the creativity.

Any more for the Sleaze Express now about to leave from Platform 1?

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