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According to the BBC, Maria Miller reckons she is “‘devastated’ that she has let her constituents down”.
Is that why her apology to Parliament – which was for behaving badly towards the inquiry into her fraudulent expenses claims, not for making the claims themselves – was so short and contemptuous? She trying to cope with the shame of letting everybody down?
I should bleedin’ cocoa.
Miller should try to bear in mind that we weren’t all born yesterday and most of us have a decent IQ; we don’t have time for these flimsy efforts at self-justification.
She committed a crime.
Let’s remember as well that this is a woman who, as minister for the disabled, co-presided over a benefit assessment system that has led to thousands upon thousands of deaths: the hated Work Capability Assessment.
Shall we list the devastation caused by that little policy?
Well, too bad. We can’t because the government is too lily-livered and cowardly to release the figures. There is no more obvious way of telling the public that these people are trying to hide serious – by which I mean grave – crimes.
So Miller can take her talk of “devastation” and blow it out her ear.
The BBC report adds that David Cameron, Britain’s weakest Prime Minister, has continued to support his culture secretary. Cynics have said this is because she is both female and state-educated, and he needs examples of both in his primarily male, privately-educated and extremely, obscenely rich, Cabinet.
It has also been suggested that she is extremely loyal to Cameron and, for a weak leader, this must be handy too.
The Beeb also says former Commons Speaker Baroness Boothroyd has claimed Miller should resign as a matter of “honour”. Fat chance.
There’s no honour amongst thieves.
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Angie Harding said:
they say ether pay back the £45.000 or resign NO it’s not ether or it should be both if she resign’s and dose not pay the money back she has got away with fraud we the ordinary people of the UK would not be given the chose we would have to pay the money back and do time and if we were working it would be pay the money back and loos our job she should be treated no different.
cant say more then that
Reblogged this on sdbast.
she let the disabled down and but for the grace of god i survived just about being pushed down to 7 stone through DWP negligence 2 years ago not related to welfare reform which took over a year to sort out because of bad advice the DWP gave my care team but for many others they died also because of negligence
had miller been of a genuine nature then we the public would have forgiven her but like most mp’s she is not of a genuine nature and her words mean nothing and never did have
at the next election she will end up like Michael Portillo who lost his Chelsea seat and hadn’t done anything wrong at all and was a shock to all but at the end of the day politics should be about doing the right thing at all times and being relaxed when out and about with the public chatting on all levels putting things right from what’s wrong in peoples lives making a difference for all to see
Mike Sivier said:
Portillo hadn’t done anything wrong?
Oh I see. Nothing illegal, to our knowledge.
what i meant mike he was not a bad person he did not think ill of the sick it was just the way the conservatives were at that time a time for change in labour with a very small L
Mike Sivier said:
I don’t think you’ll get much support for your theory about Portaloo, although you are perfectly welcome to put it forward as an opinion here (as you just have).
I was not a supporter either of Michael Portillo mike having met him a few times in the nineties i found him reasonable unlike today’s mp’s well off the mark and out of touch in a big way
Was it Groucho Marxs who said “I would never join a club that would have me as a member” You get the feeling that they try to show a solid front because they are all at it,similar to the Mafia,get caught and we defend you,take the fall and we will financially support you until we can slide you back in to a position.
Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog.
AKA John Galt said:
Reblogged this on U.S. Constitutional Free Press.
Joseph Smith said:
So we are now rid of an arrogant greedy woman who perhaps thought the law and public opinion didnt either apply or matter to her because she was / is an MP. Cameron once again in his support of her demonstrated his own arrogant belief that this government is only answerable to itself and the public ( WHO) opinion doesn’t count and doesn’t matter. Both Cameron and the mass murderer IDS must never be allowed anywhere near political power ever again.Miller must now be questioned by Police for attempted fraud and pay back the full £50,000.
Mike Sivier said:
Is that like “Being a little bit Pregnant?”