Another politician – a Tory Lord (albeit one from whom the whip was withdrawn) was found guilty today of expenses fiddling.
He joins Illsley, David Chaytor in being found guilty of expenses fiddles. Phil Woolas lost his seat (and his vote) just for being a liar.
As far as I know no Lib Dems were up to the kind of abuses that have dragged these people into court (although happily correct me in the comments if I’m wrong). Crooked politicians damages the public’s trust in democracy and ultimately is something that all political parties need to work hard to do to restore the public’s trust in them and the people who represent them.
We can’t have politicians fiddling their expenses, accepting bribes, breaking promises and generally behaving like scoundrels.
Going back a while I remember “cash for questions” Neil Hamilton who was MP in Tatton (which is in Cheshire). What is it that goes wrong with people when they get elected that makes them think the normal rules of behaviour don’t apply? Lord Taylor was a qualified barrister, surely he must’ve known what he was doing was wrong?
Answers in the comment section please.
This afternoon, myself and my wife having been invited to Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm (which is in the road we live) by Cllr Brighouse were turned away by the Tam O’Shanter Cottage Trust trustee Cllr. Denise Roberts (Labour, Claughton).
Instead then of reporting about the 25 year success story of this charity (Tam O’Shanter Cottage Urban Farm Trust) who state on their website that their aim is “providing an enjoyable and educational experience for all” and even though other journalists (for example who wrote this story in the Wirral Globe were) invited, it seems if you’re John or Leonora you’re not welcome at Tam O’Shanter (although to give them their due one of the staff wanted us to stay).
So instead of a report on new tree planting, a visit by the Mayor and other councillors involved, we have instead some video footage for you of a plastic cow.
Tam O’Shanter Cottage Urban Farms Trust’s “main objectives”:-
To continue to provide a free amenity to the public
To continue to promote the use of Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm thereby maintaining visitor numbers
Useless bit of trivia: Tam O’Shanter is currently leased from Wirral Council for one Bidston pine cone/year. In the Mayor’s parlour at Wallasey Town Hall there a display of the Tam O’Shanter pine cone. As it was a few years old I asked the previous Mayor Cllr. Hodson if they’d paid their rent. He said he didn’t know if they had but where do annual Tam O’Shanter pine cones go?