“Lord help the mister
Who comes between me and my sister”. Irvine Berlin
Last July Home Secretary Jacquie Smith voted in favour of MPs keeping their £24,000 second home allowances. Allowances are a grey area; unlike an ‘expense’, such as postage, which it is claimed back in order that you should not be ‘out of pocket’, an allowance is something that you ‘choose’ whether or not to claim. It is there if you need it.
Jacquie Smith was offered a Grace and Favour home at the time of her appointment, she did not ‘need’ to live with her sister. She ‘chose’ to live with her sister, she ‘chose’ to vote to retain the £24,000 second home allowance from the tax payer, she then ‘chose’ to claim that allowance as supposed ‘rent’ to her sister.
We ‘ordinary folks’ are not allowed to claim tax payers money in the form of Housing Benefit if we live in the home of a close relative – and we may have no choice in where we live. Nor do we have any choice, as tax payers, other than to continue to contribute towards these squalid pilfering, purloining, pillaging, plundering, politicians who are unable to make a distinction between meum and that which should remain teum unless morally correct as well as legally correct.
If we are denied too long the ballot box to rid us of these monsters, it may come down to pitchforks and piano wire.