Hes Ducked...

#1
BBC2 now;

Mr Cameron has, reportedly, sacked a Tory MP who claimed expenses for a Duck Island in the middle of his Duck Pond!

You couldn't make it up, could you! Not unless the MP concerned was also claiming mortgage interest payments for the aforementioned Duck House!

Daily Telegraph

Looks like he's ducked!

Sorry!

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#2
And if you read further down it looks like Viggers has "bought it!"

Ex fast jet jockey and TA Officer and very soon to be Ex MP!


Sir Peter Viggers claimed for a £1,645 floating “duck island” in the garden pond at his Hampshire home. In a statement, the Conservative Party said: “Sir Peter Viggers has confirmed that he will retire as MP for Gosport at the next election. He will do so at the direct request of David Cameron”;
"Bought it!" ha ha ha - no he didn't! it was the taxpayer!
 
#3
Sir Peter Viggers (Con), MP for Gosport. Ex-RAF jet-jockey and RA(TA). Such a sad, stupid waste as he's always been a keen supporter of the Armed Forces and was a member and Vice-Chairman of the Defence Select Committee (1992-1997) and Chairman of the Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill (1986 and 1996).
 
#4
I'm only glad the Lord Tim isn't still with us. Bad business.
 
#5
Dunservin said:
Sir Peter Viggers (Con), MP for Gosport. Ex-RAF jet-jockey and RA(TA). Such a sad, stupid waste as he's always been a keen supporter of the Armed Forces and was a member and Vice-Chairman of the Defence Select Committee (1992-1997) and Chairman of the Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill (1986 and 1996).
With that background, he should, perhaps, have had the gumption to think about how such a claim might be viewed.

I agree with you that it is a waste of all that experience, but if you eat with the pigs...

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#6
It seems to be that they start off with the best intentions and then like a tramp and a gusset, milk and meths, they can't help themselves.

Roll on when they get to Blunkett's claim for the binoculars, X box and driving lessons......
 
#7
Dunservin said:
Such a sad, stupid waste
It is - I'm not of the opinion they are all pigs at the trough (although some most definitely are!). There will be a lot of good people that stood for parliament to do some good, but have found themselves slowly tainted with its practices; and these will be the ones that will quietly bow out knowing that is what it will take to restore the confidence of the public.

It really is time for a massive change to the way that place works and hopefully a significant blood-letting prior to the next election - decimation shouldn't be the half of it.
 
#8
I just hope that none of the minority "nutter" parties find an skilled oratory chap like the National Socialists did. We all know where that one went.
 
#9
Dunservin said:
Sir Peter Viggers (Con), MP for Gosport. Ex-RAF jet-jockey and RA(TA). Such a sad, stupid waste as he's always been a keen supporter of the Armed Forces and was a member and Vice-Chairman of the Defence Select Committee (1992-1997) and Chairman of the Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill (1986 and 1996).
Makes me wonder what he got up to when serving in positions of power with the RAF (wonder if his JPA claims ever got audited)?
 
#12
ultimate power corrupts ultimately is an oft said phase, and rightly true perhaps it is time to be radical with parliament and set limits on both the time an MP and government can stand, this wont be perfect of course but the truth is perfection is rare.

Its very disappointing that a man with Viggers background is found as bad as others at the trough, but truthfully we all know that having been commissioned does not always a honorable gentleman make!
 

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#13
Markintime said:
Ruth Kelly claimed for damages on expenses rather than on her insurance, unbelievable.

As for Viggers: Eider he claimed falsely or he didn't. If he did he's going down.

OK, yes, I got the puns. Very good indeed.
 
#14
halo_jones said:
ultimate power corrupts ultimately is an oft said phase, and rightly true perhaps it is time to be radical with parliament and set limits on both the time an MP and government can stand, this wont be perfect of course but the truth is perfection is rare.

Governments are already limited to five years and one month between General Elections. To limit the time an MP can serve would be counter-productive because everyone needs time to 'grow' and become competent in a position. We would end up losing some of our most skilled politicians.


Its very disappointing that a man with Viggers background is found as bad as others at the trough, but truthfully we all know that having been commissioned does not always a honorable gentleman make!
Which is why we salute the commission and not the man!
 
#15
Viggers is one of our strongest advocates in Parliament. He has a very deep understanding of service matters encompassing all services both regular and reserve.

We could have done without his departure but he, along with many others, has taken the p1ss. It is entirely appropriate that he should stand down and a little disappointing that Cameron had to give him a nudge to do so. He should have fallen on his own sword rather than been given the push.

The departure of Viggers, Steen and Hogg will make it harder for Labour to cling on to the likes of Moran. The conservatives are taking action while Labour dithers.
 
#16
sandy_boots said:
Viggers is one of our strongest advocates in Parliament. He has a very deep understanding of service matters encompassing all services both regular and reserve.

We could have done without his departure but he, along with many others, has taken the p1ss. It is entirely appropriate that he should stand down and a little disappointing that Cameron had to give him a nudge to do so. He should have fallen on his own sword rather than been given the push.

The departure of Viggers, Steen and Hogg will make it harder for Labour to cling on to the likes of Moran. The conservatives are taking action while Labour dithers.
Totally agree, but he didn't get to the mess webley fast enough, there must now be a line outside the Orderley Officers bunk while they wait to do the honourable thing. Eider :D way the A list is going to get their call up papers to seats they could only dream of a few months ago.
 
#17
Some of those on the up and coming list, especially the gifted and "far seeing" ones may not actually want the job now. The allure of the job (to some of them - especially from political families - I,ve never trusted them - Benn etc), was all of the additional expenses and graft that they could procure for themselves whilst in power. If that is all gone and they are able people, they will turn down these offers and go where the money is. Having said that I doubt if any of them are actually "able" people, especially on the Labour side, so we will inevitable be lumbered, yet again, with, in the immortal words of Terry Thomas "A shower, an absolute shower". Though as has been said where else would anybody get so much money for so little real work. Hmmm I think my argument just went up its own arrse, a liittle less Asti from Lidl next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
#18
FFS how long are we going to keep hearing "it was a mistake" get the police in now and put these fraudster, theiving barstewards in court, they are now taking the urine, can this country realy be run by 646 stupid cnuts who can't fill out a fckin form. I the future all MPs should be forced to fill out a benifits claim form as part of their selection
 
#19
footpad6 said:
Dunservin said:
Such a sad, stupid waste
It is - I'm not of the opinion they are all pigs at the trough (although some most definitely are!). There will be a lot of good people that stood for parliament to do some good, but have found themselves slowly tainted with its practices; and these will be the ones that will quietly bow out knowing that is what it will take to restore the confidence of the public.

It really is time for a massive change to the way that place works and hopefully a significant blood-letting prior to the next election - decimation shouldn't be the half of it.
They are elected and paid to ensure this country is administered in a proper manner.
They have all failed.
I hope and expect that the list of people who fall on their sword continues to grow. They have only themselves to blame.
 
#20
mucus 2 wrote:

'I just hope that none of the minority "nutter" parties find an skilled oratory chap like the National Socialists did. We all know where that one went.'

Unfortunately, yes, and the frightening thing is, if they got in, the framework of draconian laws restricting our freedoms are already in place - thanks to the current bunch of closet repressives.

On the subject of enriching oneself at the public expense, I heard on Radio 4 recently that 'no one goes into British politics to make money' - the name of Neil and Kinnock comes to mind as an example to counter this argument, another one that is a millionaire despite never having had a proper job.
 

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