Oh no, sorry, I meant IDS (Iain Duncan Smith) IBS is obviously something completely different.
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I’ve listened to Iain Duncan Smith’s views and suggestions on various topics over the last few months with increasing incredulity, how arrogant can a politician get?
Now he disturbed my weekend away by suggesting that pensioners should hand back their Free Bus Passes and Winter Fuel Allowance payments. This provoked almost total apoplexy in the Angry household. I’m not old and decrepit enough to receive either of those wonderful benefits yet, but when my time comes I intend to receive both of them with open arms. I won’t be voluntarily handing back a single penny.
My personal opinion, and it’s only that, (other opinions are also available) is that I have been fortunate enough to pay National Insurance contributions every week/month since the day I left school. For this I am unbelievably grateful, but I hold the view that having done so I should be allowed to receive those benefits to which I am ENTITLED without being harassed my some millionaire politician spouting some diatribe that the country really isn’t very interested in hearing.
If this government is truly interested in its Austerity measures and things like handing back Bus Passes and Heating payments then maybe they could set a fine example and look at themselves. How much do they claim that they could afford to do without?
If you want to see who has claimed what in the House of Commons over the last few years you can view that information here.
I thought that I would give you a starter for 10 as it were and publish Mr Iain Duncan Smith’s Parliamentary expenses for the year 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 (which seems to be the last year that the records contain a full financial year’s expenses).
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.
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Nothing too much to get excited about here, adds up to just over £8,000, but it includes claims for things like £2.06 for a new pen, and £41.86 for a ‘Yellow Duster’. Speak to Mrs Angry, she can buy them cheaper than that. Does a millionaire really have to claim back 2 quid for a poxy pen? And then ask pensioners to hand back some of their entitlements? Bloody cheek.
2011 – 2012
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A full year’s expenses adding up to just over £20k. It is recommended that the starting pay of a newly selected Constable be reduced by £4,000 to £19,000 per annum, so that would be less than Iain Duncan Smith’s expenses then?, and he wants pensioners to pay back some of their entitlements.
You’ve already said that you could exist on £53 per week Mr Smith, I haven’t seen you begin that exercise yet, but maybe you will.
Now what will you cease claiming to make pensioners feel better about your latest hair-brained scheme? I wonder.