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    http://www.channel4.com/news/article...t+risk/3274262

    MPs begin their summer holidays next week after what most of them see as the most damaging and depressing parliamentary session in living memory.

    For decades, MPs voted themselves allowances, claimed to the hilt, rather than unpopular headline-grabbing pay rises.

    The exact claims were exposed by a combination of the freedom of information act and the Daily Telegraph.

    Some could face criminal charges. Many think they have been unfairly trashed for claiming their entitlement. From the 1970s onwards MPs voted themselves pay rises by stealth.

    Fearing the bad healdines a big pay rise would bring, they boosted their allowances and in most cases claimed the lot.

    After petitions, demonstrations and abuse in the street the MPs responded by tightening the expenses rules.

    But what has been the impact on the MPs themselves?

    A goverment whips meeting this week discussed profound concerns about MPs' wellbeing. In particular they talked about worries that depressed Labour MPs leaving the mutual support group of fellow MPs as they go off for the summer could be at risk.

    MPs who have felt like pillars of the community now feel they are seen as criminal suspects. MPs have told Channel 4 News of being "shattered", "on the floor" and "destroyed" by the expenses saga.

    One minister said he thought everyone was whispering about him when he went into the shops, and MPs say their partners and families are telling them they must give up the job.

    MPs are braced for more attacks over the length of the 12-week summer break that starts on Tuesday.

    On the basis of retirements already announced and the number of marginal seats up for grabs, the majority of MPs after the next general election are almost certain to be completely new to the house of commons.

    The expenses saga also leaves a trail of hurt public servants, many of whom are convinced they did nothing wrong, but have lost their reputations forever.
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    lmfao they better start sanding brown's penis before his cabinet decide to stop sucking and start impaling themselves on it.
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    Oh boo hoo, I did something wrong now I'm going to try and get sympathy over it!
    At the end of the day, MPs knew full-well they were swindling tax payers money when they claimed expenses so now its been revealed they need to accept responsibility and not bask in self pity.


    These people are elected to run our county so they should feel a little more than depressed at the state it's in, they should be downright ashamed!
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    (Original post by haz220807)
    Oh boo hoo, I did something wrong now I'm going to try and get sympathy over it!
    At the end of the day, MPs knew full-well they were swindling tax payers money when they claimed expenses so now its been revealed they need to accept responsibility and not bask in self pity.


    These people are elected to run our county so they should feel a little more than depressed at the state it's in, they should be downright ashamed!
    I doubt they asked for this story to be run tbh.
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    (Original post by PAPAdawg)
    lmfao they better start sanding brown's penis before his cabinet decide to stop sucking and start impaling themselves on it.
    I've only noticed you as a member for a day and I'm already sick of you. Was that comment meant to be witty? You are just another pathetic reactionary right wing ****. Please think before posting another comment, and write something that could be helpful.
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    Lol, gutted.
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    As it's the government whips who have discussed this it's highly likely that's come as a result of the leaders of the parties and the backbenchers themselves communicating this to the whips. I suspect the spin doctors will be running overtime to try and get people to feel sorry for the MPs as they're going to have a lonely, depressing summer on their own. Poor them.
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    (Original post by Fynch101)
    I've only noticed you as a member for a day and I'm already sick of you. Was that comment meant to be witty? You are just another pathetic reactionary right wing ****. Please think before posting another comment, and write something that could be helpful.
    Yes.

    Good. I'd rather be that than some left wing socialist peasant who thinks that money prints itself
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    (Original post by PAPAdawg)
    Yes.

    Good. I'd rather be that than some left wing socialist peasant who thinks that money prints itself
    well just so you know, not only was it not funny, it didn't make sense.

    neither did that comment either. If you take a mean, then Left wing individuals would be resoundingly wealthier than right wing individuals, so long as you take the entire country into account. So calling them peasants would be incorrect. What makes you think they think money prints itself? I would say they prefer to think there are more important things in life than money if anything.
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    (Original post by haz220807)
    As it's the government whips who have discussed this it's highly likely that's come as a result of the leaders of the parties and the backbenchers themselves communicating this to the whips. I suspect the spin doctors will be running overtime to try and get people to feel sorry for the MPs as they're going to have a lonely, depressing summer on their own. Poor them.
    I don't think even the members of the Commons are stupid enough to think a story like this could drum up sympathy for them by this point. It seems more like a good piece for tickling the public's bitter-bone than anything.

    The whips do, I presume, spend some amount of time with their fellow parliamentarians, and so I would think it less of a huge Commons sympathy-card conspiracy than you're making it out to be.

    In all fairness, they got hazed. Yeah, they're *******s but I would not be surprised if MPs were having genuine mental health issues either.
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    (Original post by Fynch101)
    well just so you know, not only was it not funny, it didn't make sense.

    neither did that comment either. If you take a mean, then Left wing individuals would be resoundingly wealthier than right wing individuals, so long as you take the entire country into account. So calling them peasants would be incorrect. What makes you think they think money prints itself? I would say they prefer to think there are more important things in life than money if anything.
    how else is a utopia where every public service and amenity magically exists in unlimited supply gonna be funded by an economy with no commercial sector? In fact, with no commercial sector money would cease to have any value at all and i knew that....it was meant to be an off the cuff comment you pedantic ****....

    wha???
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    I am probably being a little too cynical but I would imagine most of them would be glad of some sympathy! Some of them would probably do anything to try to save their own reputation at this point and yes some of them may be suffering because of it, but I for one am not about to give them any sympathy, whether it's them or other people who are requesting it.
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    (Original post by PAPAdawg)
    how else is a utopia where every public service and amenity magically exists in unlimited supply gonna be funded by an economy with no commercial sector? In fact, with no commercial sector money would cease to have any value at all and i knew that....it was meant to be an off the cuff comment you pedantic ****....

    wha???
    sorry where did that statement come from? Do you think all left wing politicians believe that? And why would anyone make an off the cuff comment that wasn't sarcastic? Why not make a serious one?
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    (Original post by Fynch101)
    sorry where did that statement come from? Do you think all left wing politicians believe that? And why would anyone make an off the cuff comment that wasn't sarcastic? Why not make a serious one?
    :rolleyes:
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    :rofl:

    Ah well, we can just get some new, younger, BETTER ones. I don't care.

    And btw, 12 ******* weeks!? :eek:

    Anyways, they brought it upon themselves. This is another cause-and-effect situation: they abused the expenses system, these are the consequences they face. It's not like they didn't want that pack of paperclips or that duck island.
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    damn Brown and co. for being human.
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    Government concerned over *Labour MPs SELF-HARMING over the summer!

    As if Brown cares about the competition. :p:
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    At the end of the day, they used expenses as a second salary, which it is not there to do. I honestly think the ones with outrageous claims should be immediately fired. Most people in normal jobs would be. "Oh, was I wrong? I'll pay it back then" is not an option for normal jobs. An example: My MP claimed for an accountant to do her tax return. That's not her duty as an MP, that's her duty as a taxpayer, and therefore should not be reimbursed.

    The other issue was they blamed the Fees Office for paying out. Yes, the Fees Office royally screwed up, but they're just as responsible. When you're being trialled for benefit fraud, the defence "But it's the tax office's fault, not mine, because they paid out" won't work.

    I have no sympathy whatsoever.
 
 
 
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