Wednesday, 16 December 2009
OUR NOBLE LORDS SAY £200 PER DAY ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE IS AN INSULT!
Expenses reforms which would see peers paid a £200-a-day attendance allowance to turn up for work at the House of Lords have been described as an ‘utter insult’.
The proposals, suggested by the Salaries Review Body, follow claims that some peers abuse the £174-a-night overnight allowance. However, they called plans to prevent them from claiming for mortgage interest and first-class travel when they’re not working ‘crackers’.
Lord Palmer, a cross-bench hereditary peer, told the Daily Telegraph the £200 payment was ‘derisory’ and an 'utter insult'. He claimed lowering overnight allowances to £140 would force peers to take taxis to the outskirts of London, which he described as a 'scary experience' for older female peers.
‘The idea of having to share a compartment with a complete stranger or indeed another noble lord is completely unthinkable.’
Oh! Do you think so. You should try getting a no 47 bus home late at night when there's some fucker behind you being sick in the hood of your anorak and you're frightened to turn round and complain because she's got a 6 inch knife and she's a psychopath. Aye, it's not easy being a bus driver when the wife's been out on the piss.