Monday, 6 April 2009

Double helpings for the Robinsons

Much attention in Northern Ireland has focused on the degree to which Sinn Féin representatives have had their snouts stuck in the Westminster trough, despite their ‘principled’ abstention from Parliament. Justifiably so. Though Shinner expense claims hardly reveal anything we could not otherwise reasonably have deduced. Republicans’ objection to British sovereignty in Ireland has rarely impeded a sense of entitlement to squeeze every Great British pound from the hated Exchequer.

Not that DUP attitudes are strikingly dissimilar, albeit that their starting point is somewhat different. The overweening sense of entitlement is still a defining characteristic.

Hence the Daily Mail’s report that Robinsons Iris and Peter are costing the taxpayer almost £600,000 per year.

The double, triple, quadruple jobbery of Democratic Unionist politicians is well worn territory. Clearly the people of Northern Ireland are getting short-changed by their representatives, particularly at Westminster, with the locus of the ‘ourselves alone’ coalition lying well to the north and west.

But Mr and Mrs Robinson also claim a double helping from the controversial second homes allowance, despite living together as a married couple.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nothing from you about Jim Nicholson's opera wine and cruises on the taxpayers? So Robinson's using their allowances for constituency offices and staff + bad. But Jimmy Nick jetting off around the worl on the tax-payer + good. What a duplicitous hypocrite you are.

Chekov said...

What is duplicitous and hypocritical is attacking an MEP for actually being influential and active in the European Parliament. An entirely different situation from a couple claiming two allowances for one home or indeed £150k of jobs for the family.

Anonymous said...

Who is going to defend the Robinsons?

Snout in troughery of the highest order.

Anonymous said...

Just don't mention Roy Beggs snr.

O'Neill said...

The DUP uses any and all allowances that we receive from Westminster and Stormont for the service of our constituents or to enable us to carry out assembly and parliamentary duties.

Mmmmm...course they are.

The Dupes have been scalded on this one, basically because it's gone Uk-wide and they can't lean/rely on their lapdogs in the local media to drop the story. Family Robinson plc haven't technically broken any rules, have they...so why don't they just sit back, relax and let the public decide on whether the morality of their claims?

Anonymous said...

Influential??? Its a sign of influence then to be jetting off around the world enjoying opera, wine, cruises and trips to Ayers Rock at the taxpayers expense? Twenty years an MEP and no constituency office. Says all we need to know about Jim Nicholson.

Chekov said...

It's a sign of influence to chair delegations and committees.

Anonymous said...

Chekov

Which conveniently take you off on luxury trips around the globe at the taxpayers expense, whilst you neglect your constituency duties at home by not having an office or staff to help the public?

Nice try, but you aren't fooling anyone.

O'Neill said...

Which conveniently take you off on luxury trips around the globe at the taxpayers expense, whilst you neglect your constituency duties at home by not having an office or staff to help the public?

Anonymous,

Do you not think it would do the DUP's credibility the world of good on this one if, instead of the old "we might be bad but they're as bad as us" defence, they led from the front and decided unilaterally to full open and frank disclosure of how they have used all expenses claimed?

After all, if they've nothing to hide such a disclosure should be conclusive proof and it would put the onus on the other parties to do the same?

Or is it (for some reason which you can perhaps elaborate on) better to deflect attention by attempting to throw mud at your opponents???

Anonymous said...

O'Neill

Actually they have. It is a matter of public record who they employ and how much they are spending on offices.

O'Neill said...

they have used all expenses claimed?

Key word there is "all" and if you can point me in direction of the full breakdown of those other costs you mentioned, I'd be grateful