The mystery of Laws’s resignation

May 30, 2010 at 2:24 pm (Champagne Charlie, crap, David Cameron, expenses, gay, Lib Dems)

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and even Ed Balls are all agreed: David Laws is a wonderful man, a fine public servant and as honest as the day is long. He made an entirely understandable  mistake over the incredibly complicated and unclear Commons rules about accomodation expenses (the ACA, or “Additional Costs Allowance”).

That being so, then why exactly did he have to resign?

Here, by the way, is a clause from those fiendishly hard-to-understand rules:

ACA must not be used to meet the costs of a mortgage or for leasing accommodation from:

– yourself;

– a close business associate or any organisation or company in which you – or a partner or family member – have an interest; or

– a partner or family member.

It has also been suggested that the Daily Telegraph‘s motivation in breaking this story was, at least in part, homophobic.

The admirably sensible Chief executive of the gay rights group Stonewall, Ben Summerskill, has given that line of argument short shrift: “…public concerns about Laws’s expenses claims are almost certainly not on this occasion motivated by irrational homophobia. They might well be motivated by a more justifiable ‘second home-ophobia’ instead.”

Prosecute him!


  1. maxdunbar said,

    So this coalition is going to turn more and more people off from reasonable politics. Thanks for boosting the BNP vote, you fucking twats.

  2. Will said,

    Why have the plod not arrested this Laws chappie? If (for example) a person was caught fraudulently claiming housing benefit (the nearest analogous situation i can think of) for the length of time and for a similar amount that Laws has stolen, then that person would be arrested, charged and sent off to the slammer. So why is the multi-millionaire ex-investment banker cuNT not facing charges?

    Rhetorical question at the end there. No ansewr required.

  3. Rosie said,

    So this coalition is going to turn more and more people off from reasonable politics. Thanks for boosting the BNP vote, you fucking twats.

    Yeah – one stick to poke the BNP with is the criminal backgrounds of their members including those in office. They can say, what about you? With the BNP it’s normally assault or racist abuse or some such thing, but the members of alternative parties do seem to be committing the classic white collar crimes of embezzlement and fraud. They don’t even have the excuse of being really hard up, paid rubbish, like some supermarket worker nicking tins of baked beans and lager.

    If people in the organisation I work for were fiddling their expenses to that degree they would be dismissed though of course the company would not bring criminal charges against them for fear of scandal.

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