Democracy, Sir? – A response to Sir Derek Myers

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This rather petulant piece, made it into the letters pages of this weeks Advertiser. I read with some interest the article in then July 24 edition of the Advertiser about the £800 per day Sir Derek Myers’ views on the … Continue reading

Recollections from one attendee

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In response to the call for every councillor, past and present to give their account of what they knew and what they did regarding the CSE whilst in office I submit my account as follows: I was originally elected as … Continue reading

Last refuge – totalitarianism!

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It would seem that totalitarianism has now become the order of the day for the Labour Party, and chairmen lying to the public; even at the Bland Comedy Club that is Dinnington Town Council. At the June meeting of the … Continue reading

Three reasons now, and counting?

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Our esteemed Town Clerk is adept at changing argument when the last one is shown to be based on fallacy! I publish below, each of the three reasons provided to Peter Thirlwall by way of  explanation for his continued banishment … Continue reading

Peter Thirlwall asserts his democratic rights!

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Peter Thirlwall once again is having to assert his democratic rights. This is first post on this subject, from this weeks Advertiser: .

Peter puts his finger on it!

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Peter Thirlwall’s letter published this week in the Advertiser provides us with pen portraits of the past leaders of RMBC. Views on our leaders “Since the formation of Rotherham Council in 1974, there have been four different leaders. I have … Continue reading

MacShane – police investigation celebrates first birthday!

After almost a full 24 hours without an internet connection, I am beginning to have some sympathy with those caught up in this weeks Blackberry and Apple crumble. Connection thankfully re-established today! Hadn’t realised how dependent I have become on digital connectivity, definitely a bad week for technology!

Back to the main story; A year on from Denis MacShane’s disgrace being made public with the simultaneous announcement of the launch of a police investigation into his expenses claims and the suspension of the Parliamentary Labour Whip, the Standards and Privileges Committee, Parliament, Rotherham’s voters and the public generally are still awaiting the results.

October 14th 2010, seems so long ago since the Standards and Privileges Committee called in the Yard to bottom out what they themselves had uncovered lurking in his expenses claims, you would have thought it would have taken much less than a year to produce results?

Picture pinched from the Mirror, Photo Shopped and sent to us by Mr T.

Has Mr T correctly identified one important piece of evidence, linking MacShane to the Letwin waste paper bin story?

MacShane Expenses Scandal – cream of the Telegraph comments

Couldn’t resist bringing these particular comments on the Telegraph website, to readers attention. Dominic Lawson sums this up in an op-ed piece when he deprecated the “type of man of the left for whom the essential and intrinsic virtuousness of his public positions allows him to retain his sense of personal rectitude even when his private conduct is deplorable.” Seems to sum up the situation pretty well to me!
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Looks like a straight forward case of fraud to me.  Claims for round numbers ten times the amount for when he had to produce a receipt.No one gets through eight laptops in three years for personal use – not least because they all come with 1yr warranties, so the very most you can get through if every one of them fails after a year is 3.  (For example, I have owned two laptops in the last four years.)  He was presumably supplying them to friends and family.  No doubt they all show signs of heavy use, inconsistent with him only using them 1/8th of the time – assuming they can be traced at all.He had his “mistake” pointed out to him, no doubt by a junior house of commons employee with very good cause to worry about their job in taking someone like him on, yet he makes the same “mistake” the next month.  That is strong evidence of a crime, as it rules out the possibility of him claiming ignorance as  a defence.It would be interesting to see if the prices his brother’s firm changed him for translation differed markedly from commercial rates elsewhere.  If they were a lot higher that would also be evidence of fraud.  So would evidence of make-work – creating work for his brother’s firm when none were needed.Hopefully someone will bring a private prosecution if there is not prosecuted by the CPS.  The evidence should definitely be tested in court.  If he has an explanation for it all then he maybe the jury won’t find him guilty.
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A thoroughly unpleasant man,  constantly sneering at the public.  I hope he gets his comeuppance
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“MacShane claimed between £150 and £250 a month for cleaning from the start of 2004 until 2008, when new rules meant that MPs had to submit receipts for all claims over £25. Thereafter, his cleaning claims dropped to £24.”What a coincidence! What a piece of low life to bring in to it, his daughter’s death! Are we going to hear anything so disgraceful from any of these filthy crooks who have made a personal fortune and/or lived the high life at the expense of workers and pensioners who are struggling to pay the bills? Words (nearly) fail me!
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Denis McShane is a crook.  The evidence shows that he was well aware as to what he was doing and thought himself too clever by half.To use in mitigation the death of his daughter  is an act of a callous, shallow individual.  Not uncommon personality traits amongst today’s politicians.
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Staff at the House of Commons were routinely told that MPs had authorised the allowances and staff should simply pay them without vetting or checking.All MPs allowances paid through this dis-credited system should be gone through with a fine tooth comb.  I thought that had already been done but apparently not.It is difficult for the public to have confidence in this system (or the new system) when mistakes can be picked up by “members of the public” that have been missed by the people with the “fine tooth comb”.
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I like the final comment from petermorris because It raises perhaps the most important question of all. If Peter Thirlwall was able to uncover this pretty simple deception, how much more would there be to be discovered? If the full information was available to them, relating to all MPs serving during these years, and the time to do it was available! Parliamentary Authorities claim that they have done it, but clearly this is not true!
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Wouldn’t it be nice for the Rotherham Advertiser to attract comments as good as these? Support for MacShane seems to be non-existent. Even labour members from within the Rotherham Constituency are silent, deafeningly so! If Labour members support MacShane then speak up! If not, do us all a favour and get rid of him!
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Peter Thirlwall asks important new questions of Denis MacShane?

The Advertiser article on the expenses probe into Denis MacShane MP. (Pub 13/5/2011) was very illuminating. Not carried online! pity!

It would appear, from his expense claims and interests declaration, that Denis is now renting his London second home and claiming the expense of doing so, back from the Taxpayer. Simultaneously letting out his last ‘second home,’ we already bought him, and receives rental income from it!

Following the Parliamentary expenses scandal, Parliament altered the rules to phase out the practice of MPs claiming back their mortgage interest payments. Some unscrupulous MPs however are now exploiting a loophole in the rules to rent out the properties bought by us, the taxpayer, and pocketing the rent money. They are then renting another property and then claiming this rent back from the taxpayer, under second home rules. Although this is technically allowed, it is clearly offends against the intention and spirit of the rules.

Denis MacShane is clearly an exceptionally greedy person and arrogant beyond belief, if he thinks this grubby ruse, is in any way acceptable! It is not!

I would ask Denis MacShane: What he has done with the property that we bought for him? How much rental income does he receive? When is he going to sell it and does he intend to follow Nick Clegg’s recent example, returning all the profit to the public purse?

We should all demand these answers from MacShane!

Peter Thirlwall