Sunday, March 29, 2009

Mr. and Mrs. Stiff

The Mail is reporting that Richard Timney, Jacqui Smith's letter-writing husband, used her expenses to pay for whacking material. Several things:

1. What the hell is he doing? At what point when submitting the receipt to claim back the money did he think 'yes, Twat Invaders 5 is precisely what the Additional Costs Allowance is for'.

2. In order for the Mail to find this out, the receipts/bills must have had details of the films on them. What sort of rubbish porn channel is he watching where they print the name of the films you watch on your bill? I remember many years ago when I organised a stag party, the bill I got for the evening - which mostly involved strippers and booze - said all I'd bought was a big pile of pizzas.

3. Jacqui Smith has said she will pay the money back, though is still oddly quiet about all that dosh she took to pay for her 'second home' in Redditch. That said, I suppose that fact that he's bashing the bishop night after night suggests she does spend a lot of time at her sister's house after all.

4. Why can't the BBC report this story properly? At the moment they're in damage limitation mode, and lead with the headline 'Smith 'sorry' for expenses claim', rather than the more accurate 'Jacqui Smith sorry for husband wanking with public money'. My first glance at the headline made me think she was apologising for the second home fiasco, not that it was a new story. They then lead with this guff:

"The Home Secretary is to pay back parliamentary allowances claimed for pay-per-view television services, reportedly including two adult films. Jacqui Smith said she "mistakenly" claimed for the TV package while billing for an Internet connection."

It gets the paying back bit in first, followed by her excuse. It completely accepts her nonsense lie that she accidentally bought this porn while paying for her Internet connection. The only thing that was accidental about all this is that her husband got caught.

Update: Back in November 2008 I posted a topic titled 'Jacqui Isn't Getting Any'. How terrifically prophetic of me.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

However we'd probably be getting better value if we paid our elected representatives a wanking allowance rather than have them fuck us all ways up as they do now.

Jess The Dog said...

I am *told* that most of these "channels" identify these filthy films as "movie" or "feature" thus obscuring the precise title but identifying it as material best decribed as "Wii with a flesh handset"

Condos Toronto said...

1) Why can't he watch a movie, even adult movie, if he likes? That bill obviously mixed with an Internet bill. I don't understand why you are so amazed.
2) PPW of box office channels do name the services you ordered, at least here in Canada.
3) That of course should be the real issue: what about the 2nd home?
4) Why should BBC report this at all? It's some Ł20 of expenses that will be refunded. What's that for a story?

Take care,
Elli

Letters From A Tory said...

It is amazing how much publicity this £10 porn binge got when Jacqui has been swindling tens of thousands of pounds a year using her second-home-which-is-actually-her first home allowance.

The Raven said...

TFAT - sex is more interesting than money. It wasn the piddly money changing hands that brought down Major's government; it was everyone shagging around.

1. I'm entitled to be amazed that anyone is that stupid. He knew he bought the porn, and he knew when the invoice was submitted that it would be recorded on there in some way.

2. Interesting...

3. I agree.

4. The BBC should report it because, had it been a Tory, they would have been all over it. And my argument wasn't that they didn't report it - but that they didn't do it properly. They reported it from Smith's defensive angle - standard play for Labour trouble.