Peers Taking The Pee!

The House of Lords is an embarrassment to democracy. It’s half-full of deadbeat failed politicians

And now it is an embarrassment to honesty as the members are claiming 29% more in expenses in just one year, as reported in the Sunday Times. When did you ever receive 29% more of anything in one year? It’s more like you will have to PAY more every year. Council tax, police precept, to name two here in West Lancashire, they go up as sure as day follows night. 

And it gets worse, The size of the House of Lords is set to swell to its largest in two decades. The average tax-free payment was £30,827, higher than the median salary of a UK worker, while 31 lords claimed more in expenses than the standard take-home pay of an MP.

Time for a moratorium while someone with balls puts it out of its misery, and ours!  The Lord Kinnock, the Baroness Kinnock? As it happens, in 2004, Kinnock was quoted in the Daily Telegraph where he condemned it “as a place for the descendants of “brigands, muggers, bribers and gangsters” but he still took his place alongside them in the House of Lords. The former Labour leader, 62, “put behind him his past calls for the Lords to be abolished”.  

Baroness Glenys and Lord Neil Kinnock have six state pensions.

“The Kinnocks are Brussels’s very own Lord and Lady Expenses” according to Bojan Pancevski and Robert Watts, Friday March 19 2010, in The Times “Glenys Kinnock, the new minister for Europe, has amassed six publicly funded pensions worth £185,000 per year with her husband Neil, the former leader of the Labour party.  They have already received up to £8m of taxpayers’ money in pay and allowances, he as a European commissioner and she as a member of the European parliament.

“The pair are already drawing payments from three of their taxpayer-funded pensions. Glenys Kinnock, 64, soon to be elevated to the House of Lords alongside her husband, is collecting a teacher’s pension and from next month is entitled to another from Brussels with an estimated annual value of £48,000.  Lord Kinnock, 67, is receiving one pension as a former MP and a second, worth more than £80,000 for his service in Brussels”.

Campaigners from Open Europe

which argues for greater transparency, calculated the pair’s multi-million-pound earnings from allowances, wages and pension entitlements over a 15-year period. It worked out their salaries and perks included:

A total of £775,000 in wages for Mrs Kinnock and £1.85m for her husband, adding up to £2,625,000; Allowances for Mrs Kinnock’s staff and office costs of £2.9m, the Kinnocks’ daughter Rachel was her mother’s research assistant at the European Parliament; A £64,564 “entertainment allowance” for Lord Kinnock; A total of five publicly-funded pensions, worth £4.4m, allowing them to retire on £183,000 a year; A housing allowance that allowed them both to claim accommodation costs even though, as a married couple, they lived in the same house in the Belgian capital between 1995 and 2004.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance campaign manager Susie Squire attacked the scale of the earnings. She said “It does seem an awful lot, but anyone who has experience of the Brussels gravy train will be able to believe these figures. There are lots of eurocrats on massive pensions and massive salaries living the five-star lifestyle at taxpayers’ expense. Brussels isn’t at all transparent. It’s very difficult to get information”.

Mrs Kinnock was given a life peerage and appointed to succeed Caroline Flint who resigned as Europe Minister, saying she was not content to be Gordon Brown’s “female window dressing”.

Time to clear out this rotten edifice!

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