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Nadine Dorries
I wish...
Posted Friday, 26 October 2007 at 10:44

that instead of attributing my expenses to me, the House of Commons paid my staff directly, the National Insurance, holiday pay, temp staff etc, and never ever give it to me in an allowance; just employ the staff and do it all for me.

I wish they would pay for the running of my office, give me paper, ink, envelopes, stamps, computers, printers, phones and bills, and take care of all the sundry expenses which came through; and not give me the expenses because having to do it myself is the only part of my job I hate.
I wish they would pay for my surveys, the printing and laying out; and just paid for it all to save me the two grand I have to pay to my accountant to sort it out for me.

I wish they would buy a big tower block in London with 650 bedrooms and bathrooms,  like a giant nurses’ home, where MPs stayed when Parliament sat. We wouldn't need to have the additional cost allowance to pay for our own accommodation then.I wish that they also employed the staff in my constituency and directly took responsibility for the cost, and the running, of my constituency office.

I wish people understood that I don't earn a penny over £60, 000.

I wish I had a company car because at least that way I wouldn't be driving around in an old banger.

But more than anything, I wish the House of Commons were based in Toddington or Flitwick, or better still at the bottom of my garden, so that at least I could sneak home at bedtime and kiss my daughter goodnight.


Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 26 October 2007
I wish I could earn £60K What about all those other perks? Trips abroad, dinners and banquets........... the list goes on! Oh to be an MP.
Carl Cross said:
Responded: Friday, 26 October 2007
I've never really understood why the HofC authorities don't pay more expenses directly, especially the various support staff and office costs?! Why don't they?!! Leaving it all to MPs a) gives them loads more admin to do and b) creates an impression of snouts in the trough
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 26 October 2007
Oh, diddums, you are so hard done by ! Grow up ! I take it you are working for the Speccie for love?
Dave said:
Responded: Friday, 26 October 2007
In Reality (where we live)having the House of Commons at the bottom of your garden would be worse than having a sewerage treatment plant or rubbish dump:it would make your house worthless:-)
MrChippy said:
Responded: Friday, 26 October 2007
I remember a few years ago the hospital (Westminster & Chelsea?)near the Westminster Bridge and Houses of Parliament being sold off and coverted to apartments. This would have made an ideal location for you MPs if someone had had the foresight.With the increases in property values this would have been a good investment, probably paying for itself in a relatively short period.
Dave said:
Responded: Friday, 26 October 2007
I sincerely hope you didn't take my last comment to imply that YOU do not live in reality, Nadine. When I said "we" I meant everyone.I wish....I'd had a better education and could write english better....
John said:
Responded: Friday, 26 October 2007
I think that even the Chief Good Fairy and Father Christmas combined would struggle with that wish list. PS> Can I be the first to wish you a Happy Chris....
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 26 October 2007
You're are on £60,000 a year and can't afford a decent car?
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 26 October 2007
Well there's only you and 649 others who are in a position to change the system.
Stuart Fairney said:
Responded: Sunday, 28 October 2007
Perhaps then, a private members bill or some such? Lawmakers have an absolute power to change things ~ so change things if they are so bad.
Steven_L said:
Responded: Sunday, 28 October 2007
You wish you had to go through all the same hoops as everyone else in the public sector regarding procurement? If public services were run a bit more like MP's offices tax might be lower. If every department head was named and shamed on council tax bills, and local councillors campaigned on the basis of giving unpopular services the axe, then public services might actually stop wasting taxpayers money deliberately to sure up next years budget. I wish my local council was held to account to the extent that MP's expenses are and that department heads had the freedom to do their jobs efficiently without the over-reaching bureaucracy.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Sunday, 28 October 2007
On the other hand, there is Barbra Follet, Labour MP for Stevenage, married to millionaire author Ken Follett.Mr. Follett has just been featured on 3CR proclaiming that his wife although claiming £130,000 in allowances, does not see one penny of it. She does not bring home a penny in wages, furthermore,says Ken, he coughs up a further £100,000 each year to subsidise her (one wonders if any goes towards Emily's List). Let's hope it's all documented and declared (especially as Labour whinge about Ashcroft's money to the Conservatives).So, there is one solution for you Nadine.Marry a very understanding millionaire and live happily ever after.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Sunday, 28 October 2007
I would not call the Jag you were driving an old banger
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 29 October 2007
Can I be the first to wish you a Happy New Year!
akiv said:
Responded: Monday, 29 October 2007
The problem is as so often happens, the abusers. If the MP whose mileage claim was the equivalent of going round the world TWICE was properly scrutinised and found to be legitimate that's one thing, but it's pretty far fetched to expect taxpayers to believe this. There are others whose expenses are obviously dubious. These claims undermine the genuine expenses MP's incur. I have for many years thought a block of flats should be purchased for MP's to use London, as there is no doubt the second home allowance also appears to be being abused by some. This arrangement would also help with security, unless of course a terrorist launches a rocket attack. As a civil servant, if I as much want to claim a £2.50 tram ticket I have to produce it before it's paid. I'd be interested to know what scrutiny these expenses are subject to before being allowed.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 30 October 2007
It's a tough life. At least you have your blog release the childish tantrums.
justcurious said:
Responded: Tuesday, 30 October 2007
So please describe your "old banger"? Make, model, age ... and is it your sole vehicle? Just curious
Eva said:
Responded: Wednesday, 31 October 2007
Nothing personal, Nadine - I enjoy your blog and I'm certainly not getting at you - but why don't we have a system for MPs which is just the same as for everyone else in any business - it's called "Claim Against Receipt"? This would remove any suspicion that any MP might be lining their own pockets, wouldn't it, because all expenditure could be accounted for.
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