Cameron capitalises on crisis

May 13th, 2009 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

has just done a very good job of capitalising on the crisis of confidence in MPs, as the Daily Telegraph has revealed more and more details. Cameron has:

  • Said sorry
  • Called some claims unethical and wrong
  • Has ordered several members of his Shadow Cabinet to pay back some expenses
  • Has set up a panel to scrutinise the expense claims of every Conservative MP and decide if any claim should be refunded
  • Any Conservative MP that does not pay back a claim as ordered, will be expelled from the party
  • All future expense claims will be published online so the public can scrutinise them
  • Is banning his MPs from flipping houses (this has caused most of the rorts – swapping their second home to be the one that needs work done on it)
  • forcing his MPs to pay capital gains tax on any sale of a house where the taxpayer has paid for mortgage interest
  • banning future claims for furniture, household goods or food (as is case in NZ basically)

I’d say the next election is now home and hosed.

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30 Responses to “Cameron capitalises on crisis”

  1. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    I think you are misreading it David, the Tories are as guilty as Labour in this (charging the taxpayer for the upkeep of his moat as one Tory did is a handy reminder of the stupidity of your average Conservative backbencher) I think ths Tories will win the next election but this scandal is likely to help third parties more than the big two.

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  2. Paul Williams (878 comments) says:

    Or piping under their tennis courts… Good grief.

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  3. bearhunter (853 comments) says:

    I find it a bit rich that a bunch of expense-inflating gobshites are being praised for saying sorry. I’d be more inclined to praise them if they hadn’t ripped off the poor bleeding taxpayer in the first place. A plague on them all and their vile sense of entitlement.

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  4. ephemera (557 comments) says:

    Cameron has still to find his mojo, and hasn’t yet achieved a broad coalition.

    Here’s hoping the conservative party share a common vision as they head into government. It is too good an opportunity for them to squander by infighting over issues such as Europe and ‘hugging hoodies’.

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  5. peteremcc (344 comments) says:

    A good reminder of what publicly funded election campaigns might look like.

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  6. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5310147/MPs-expenses-David-Heathcoat-Amory-dumps-550-sacks-of-manure-on-taxpayer.html

    This is just awesome!

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  7. mike12 (183 comments) says:

    Great another labour party on the loser heap – lets have a bon fire

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  8. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Farrar is correct.

    Irrespective of the actual situation where MPs across the board are rooting in the public purse for all they can get Liarbore are the ones looking like recalcitrant tossres especially after Lord farquar for liarbore went on a rampage on live BBC TV and blamed the media for a beatup. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, fail.

    Cameron is pissing all over Brown and with that spastic twerb Milliband raising his standard again re: next commie leader its all over for Liarbore.

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  9. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    ” ignore what has happened on the left.”

    Is it reading disorder day on here? I said “the Tories are as guilty as Labour in this” I ma only concentrating on the Tories as it the actual subject of the thread Bevan.

    Still being accused of being partisan and one sided by you Bevan is about as funny as it gets!

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  10. unaha-closp (1,165 comments) says:

    sonic,

    The response is what is important. Do nothing/cry victim/point out the faults in to opposition – Labour or admit fault/shoulder responsibility/make changes – Conservatives and/or Lib Dems. You are channelling Labours response, but it is not as good a response as the Tories and it is not going to be as good as the Lib Dems will be.

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  11. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Liabore are more irrelevant than the Greens. It’s a fact.

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  12. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    Is it reading disorder day on here? I said “the Tories are as guilty as Labour in this” I ma only concentrating on the Tories as it the actual subject of the thread Bevan.

    unaha-closp has addressed this nicely. And I will reiterate, the subject of the thread is the Tory leader is standing up, apologising and promising that the culture will change within the party. It may well be reading disorder day sonic, may I suggest you open you right eye from time to time, it helps to minimise the disorder some what.

    Still being accused of being partisan and one sided by you Bevan is about as funny as it gets!

    Is there a roll eyes smiley available? I would be offended but pointing out your dumbarsedry is quite entertaining.

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  13. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    word of the day “dumbarsedry”

    LFMAO.

    Brilliant.

    What have you got to say about that Sonic?

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  14. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    As someone who had forgotten more about UK politics than you will ever learn expat, trust me, this will be as bad for the Tories as for Labour.

    My worry is that the beneficiaries will be the BNP et al, the Euro elections in June will be interesting.

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  15. grumpyoldhori (2,362 comments) says:

    Bloody hell David, only paying capital gains tax on profits made at taxpayer expenese is a good thing ?
    Should UK taxpayers not expect ALL profits made to be paid to the treasury ?
    Or should the taxpayers be more understanding ?

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  16. big bruv (13,904 comments) says:

    “My worry is that the beneficiaries will be the BNP et al”

    Might even help the SNP Sonic, I would have thought you might like that idea.

    However I agree with DPF, this will hurt Zanulabour far more than the Tories, Brown is already hated right across the nation (even in Kirkcaldy) so the average punter will take far more notice of Zanulabour’s theft than any minor issues with the Tories.

    Face it Comrade, your homeland is going to be a sea of blue come election time, the Tories will be back in power for at least a decade.

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  17. ephemera (557 comments) says:

    @Sonic

    “My worry is that the beneficiaries will be the BNP et al, the Euro elections in June will be interesting.”

    The BNP may very well make gains in the short term – the worry is that Nick Griffin becomes an MEP.

    However, Labour losing the general election will begin to neutralise the BNPs influence, as they are forced to connect (or reconnect) with BNP supporters who have traditionally voted Labour.

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  18. Haiku Dave (265 comments) says:

    hang on, i thought it
    was only labour with their
    snouts in the trough?… sheesh

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  19. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    Bruv, given the record of New Labour only people like you could imagine that they are in any way a party of the left. Good riddance to them I say.

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  20. big bruv (13,904 comments) says:

    Sonic

    Even you would have to admit they have pushed a strong liberal (and therefore wrong) agenda over the last ten or so years, people in NZ moan (quite rightly) about the PC mess we are in but at least we can say we are nowhere as bad as the UK.

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  21. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    I have been following this one quite closely for a couple of years and would have to say that Sonic is quite correct and very wrong all at the same time.
    All parties currently in parliament have been gorging themselves in a shameless manner. The only party that will not suffer a public backlash are the IRA. Their supporters expect and demand that they steal as much as they can from the hapless british taxpayer.
    The methods employed by “call me Dave” have been exponentially superior to those employed by the son of the manse and Labour are doomed in Britain. Their Scottish power base will flee to the SNP and they have no power base in England.
    Some of the claims have been outrageous, from porn movies for the home secretaries husband to mock tudor beams from two jags.
    The mother of all parliaments is rotten to the core and we can expect a complete rout for Labour in the June council and EUSSR lolly scramble.
    The British equivalent of the Maori party is poised to reap the rewards of this massive shift.

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  22. Fairfacts Media (372 comments) says:

    Barnsley is absolutely right.
    While all parties have been embroiled in troughgate, Liarbour has performed far worse, with even Brown himself also involved in such shameful abuses.
    Added to the contempt ZanuLiarbore has for the people of Britain and the failure of the Tories to better reflect the aspirations and values of British voters, there is an increasing disconnect between the political classes and ordinary Britons.
    In Scotland, this will see a swing from ZanuLiarbore towards the SNP.
    South of the border the biggest beneficiery will be the British National Party followed by the anti-EU UKIP.
    Though the Conservatives should make some gains too and win the next election.
    Expect also the newly-launched UK Libertarian Party to start making a name for themselves.
    They are certainly making a noise on the UK blogosphere.

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  23. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,752 comments) says:

    Labour are finished, which is nice.

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  24. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Sonic said “As someone who had forgotten more about UK politics than you will ever learn expat, trust me, this will be as bad for the Tories as for Labour.”

    And thats Liarbores problem, they want everyone to trust them when patently they have lost the trust of the people. Only they haven’t quite cottoned on. Much like Liarbore here.

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  25. Tuija (218 comments) says:

    ZanuLiarbore? Good grief get a grip

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  26. ISeeRed (236 comments) says:

    Yes, where does this “Zanu” come from?

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  27. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    “ZanuLiarbore”

    Proof again that humor and Tories are not happy bedfellows.

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  28. RainbowGlobalWarming (288 comments) says:

    Commies 1,2 & 3.

    Good grief, piss off back to the standard boys. You know you have been banned posting here by Andrew and Phil. Or is it Phil’n’Andrew, punch and judy, arse and face, comedy central.

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  29. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    Tuija 10.19pm
    ZanuLiarbore? Good grief get a grip

    ISeeRed 11.22pm
    Yes, where does this “Zanu” come from?

    sonic 12.23am
    “ZanuLiarbore”

    Proof again that humor and Tories are not happy bedfellows.

    Oh how I miss originality….

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