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.
Opinium/Observer – CON 40, LAB 43, LDEM 6
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