Time to derail this gravy train: Fury over cost of freeloading peers as size of Lords edges towards a thousand
Baron Sewel has admitted many members of House of Lords do ‘f*** all’
Disgraced peer said some are picking up £300 daily allowance for ‘no work’
Married father-of-four caught on camera snorting white substance off table
Footage taken during apparent drug-fulled sex session with two prostitutes
By IAN DRURY, HOME AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT, FOR THE DAILY MAIL
27 July 2015
Anger was mounting over peers’ expenses last night after disgraced Baron Sewel admitted many members of the House of Lords received money for doing ‘f*** all’.
Demands were growing for reform of the upper chamber amid fresh allegations of widespread abuse by peers living high on the hog.
Currently there are just over 800 members of the Lords but the number could soar to more than 1,000 if it continues at the current pace of growth.
It is already the second biggest legislature in the world after China’s politburo, which has 2,987 members.
Concern over the bloated size of the House has intensified ahead of the forthcoming Dissolution Honours List, when David Cameron is set to appoint dozens of Tories to the Lords in an effort to push his policies through Parliament.
Members who are not paid a salary can claim a taxpayer-funded daily allowance of £300. But during a cocaine-fuelled rant, Sewel said this was routinely abused. He mistakenly says the perk is £200. Bleating about his financial difficulties, despite pocketing an annual salary of £84,525, he was filmed telling prostitutes: ‘Members of her Lordship’s [sic] House, who are right thieves, rogues and b*******. Wonderful people that they are.
‘The trouble is these f****** s**** who live in London and don’t have to pay rent. They’ve already got a house in London. They get exactly the same so it’s free money to them.
‘I mean the lawyers, the people in the City, people like that. They’re coming in. They do f*** all work in the Lords, they’re picking up their £200. People like me who have to rent somewhere – I don’t know…’
He added: ‘I don’t have to provide any receipts or anything for the £200. The fact I turn up means I get £200 a day. I could spend it on whatever I want to. I do spend it on wine and different things.’
Because of lax financial checks, the money is paid even if they do not actually do any work.
Sewel’s comments could not have come at a more unhelpful time as the Prime Minister prepares to publish his Dissolution Honours List. He is expected to ennoble at least 35 new Conservatives amid fears he does not have enough support in the upper house to win battles on Europe and welfare.
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The House of Lords no longer serves any useful purpose. It is merely a taxpayer funded cash cow for idle, expense fiddling degenerates who have done favours – of sorts – for prime ministers and their parties.
It must be abolished and replaced by an English Parliament, democratically elected on the First Past The Post principle. For more information see Patria’s Manifesto.