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Wednesday, 1 April 2009

MP's expenses - the private sector view

A suggestion has come to me from PoloPete, that the fuss over MP's expenses shows that they may not be capable of organising a proverbial drinks party in a brewery if they can't get their act together over the matter. The word in the media is that a Whitehall insider is offering details of MP's expenses to Fleet Street for £300k. The whole affair smacks of ignorance by MP's of how these matters are perceived and handled in the private sector.

In the real world, everybody would club together (about £500 each) to buy back the papers and put the cost through on expenses. Client entertaining doesn't seem to work with the Fees Office, but "pre-printed stationary" would be worth a try.

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