Thieving MP's : Pigs or Chickens?

Everybody's favourite crooks, the shameless troughing MP's, were due in court today: first time up in front of the Crown Court Judge.

Just as a little reminder, here's their roll of shame:

Bury North MP Chaytor : falsely claiming rent on a London flat he owned, falsely filing invoices for IT work and renting a property from his mother, against regulations.

Scunthorpe MP Morley : falsely claimed £30,428 in interest payments between 2004 and 2007 towards a mortgage on his home he had already paid off.

Livingston MP Devine : wrongly submitted two invoices worth a total of £5,505. He also faces a second charge alleging he dishonestly claimed cleaning and maintenance costs of £3,240 by submitting false invoices.

Marvellous. So, how did they fare? Was any justice done? Were they publically shamed? Did they offer tearful apologies on the courtroom steps? Did Old Holborn shout abuse at them, again?

Nope. None of that happened. Not at all. The thieving bastards didn't even turn up, for fucks sake. According to ITN:

"Legal representatives of three Labour MPs accused of fiddling their expenses are set to appear in court. ... A Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman said the politicians have been excused from attending the hearing by the judge."

Excused from attending? Why? So that three 'legal representatives', paid thousands of pounds an hour - by us - can take their places? What the flying fuck is going on here?

As well as three greedy, troughing fucking pigs, the less-than-Honourable Gentleman would seem to be a trio of fucking cowardly chickens too. Presumably all three were enjoying a lovely taxpayer-subsidized breakfast elsewhere.

They're going to have to turn up to their hanging, aren't they? Aren't they?



Uncle Marvo said...

I tweetd that ITN thing ages ago in the hope that people might see it and possibly be able to rething their tactics.

I'm sort of quite pleased, in a selfish sort of way. I was going to go but because of a medical problem couldn't without jeopardising the chance of being alive by Wednesday.

I was looking forward to it, however I know I would have been very disappointed.

Shame though.

What was the outcome? Anybody know?

Dick Puddlecote said...

That their defence is being paid for out of taxpayer funds is quite shameful.

They really do hold us all in contempt, don't they?

Anonymous said...

Surely they wouldn't qualify for legal aid would they? They are still paid MPs?