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calendar   Thursday - April 23, 2009

NO! It sure isn’t eye candy or porn. This is froma main stream paper and a consrv. one at that

You will NEVER see something like this in a main stream paper in the US.  Or at least I doubt it.
This woman BMEWS, is Jacqui Smith, a high ranking govt. official. She is the home secretary here.  I am fairly sure that would translate in the USA as Attny. General.  So we’re not talkin’ small potato here. She’s major league.  She’s also in a bit of hot water and ppl calling for her to resign. Just little things like raking it in by the handful while claiming her sister’s house as her second residence and so $$$$. Or in her case. ££££

Here, take a look.
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Jacqui Smith faces inquiry over housing expenses
From The Times
February 19, 2009

Neighbours have alleged that Jacqui Smith stays at her London home for as few as two nights each week, despite claiming this is her ‘main home’ for expenses purposes.
The Home Secretary was put under increasing pressure yesterday when an investigation began into claims that she is misusing her parliamentary housing allowance.
Jacqui Smith has been criticised for designating her sister’s house in London as her “main home”, allowing her to claim more than £20,000 a year for her “second home”. She has claimed at least £116,000 in second-home allowances for her constituency home in Redditch, Worcestershire, where her family live.

Aw shucks folks ... that’s ain’t nothin’ .... well actually it is a heck of a lot but there’s so much more to the lady.
Here. Take a look.


She’s paid for by the taxpayer but Jacqui Smith’s cleaner hasn’t had a pay rise for five years

By Daniel Boffey
Last updated at 1:13 AM on

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith faced fresh criticism last night for failing to give her cleaner a pay rise for the past five years.
Leaked expenses claims show that Ms Smith has paid the same sum each year since 2004 in return for cleaning services at her ‘second home’ in Redditch, Worcestershire.

Despite an increase of around 14.5 per cent in the national average wage in the same period, it appears that her payments to her domestic help have failed even to keep up with inflation.

Ms Smith is paid a salary of £141,866 and in the past five years has enjoyed annual wage rises ranging from 2.7 per cent to last year’s 3.9 per cent.
With the wage hikes that have come with her promotion through the Government benches, Ms Smith’s total pay packet has risen by a staggering 49 per cent since 2004, when she earned £95,281 as Minister for Women.

The Home Secretary also employs her husband, Richard Timney, as a parliamentary adviser on a salary of £40,000 a year.
Last night Ms Smith refused to reveal the identity of her cleaner, whether the money is paid cash in hand or the nature of the work carried out.
A source close to the Home Secretary simply insisted that the cleaner did exist and that ‘she is a very nice woman’.

Ms Smith did not need to provide receipts for her cleaner under the rules for second-home allowances but had to fill out a form giving details of how much has been paid and to whom.
The Home Secretary submitted her bill for cleaning services as part of a £157,631 claim for second-home expenses since 2004.

The leaked documents show that she has paid out exactly £2,400 – or around £46 a week – each year for the past five years.
Last night Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker said: ‘The Home Secretary appears to have taken Gordon Brown’s directives of prudence to an extraordinary degree.’

Ms Smith, 46, has faced a barrage of criticism in recent months, leading to speculation that she will be removed by the Prime Minister in the next Government reshuffle.
She was under more pressure last week after prosecutors decided that Conservative MP Damian Green and civil service whistleblower Chris Galley acted in the public interest in providing leaked documents to the media.

Mr Green blamed Ms Smith for a six-month ordeal starting when anti-terror police arrested him and raided his Commons office.
The Home Secretary is already reeling from the embarrassing revelation earlier this month that she claimed expenses for two £5 adult movies viewed at her home, where her 46-year-old husband and sons James, 13, and Michael, eight, live.

She apologised and offered to pay the money back, saying the claim was made mistakenly by her husband.

Now guys come on and give her a break.  She’s only doing what all these politicians do. Taking advantage of every loophole and or opportunity to screw the taxpayer. But they don’t see it that way.  To them, it’s one of many god given rights to slurp at the public feed station.
Anyway ... Here. Take a look.

The Home Secretary is a walking disaster
The preposterous Jacqui Smith is a disgrace to the office of Home Secretary.

By Simon Heffer
Last Updated: 1:07PM BST 18 Apr 2009

I know that people like me are supposed to write newspaper columns because we have a certain command of the English tongue. However, there are times when even the most experienced of us is forced to struggle. How, after all, can one describe Jacqui Smith, our Home Secretary? The adjectives come thick and fast, but all seem insufficient to describe this ambulant catastrophe. Preposterous, corrupt, dim, incompetent, sleazy, incapable: none of them is quite the job.

Miss Smith began by looking corrupt, when it was revealed that she was occupying a room at her sister’s house and charging for it as her main residence. She then looked sleazy, dim and preposterous when it emerged that her husband, incarcerated at what was allegedly her second residence, was watching porn films and charging them to the taxpayer. Incompetence and incapability can now be added to the charge sheet following her role in the raiding of the office of Damian Green, a Conservative MP and the party’s immigration spokesman: and perhaps one other adjective too – disgraceful

I would HIGHLY recommend a full reading of Mr. Heffer above.  He has so much more to say on this subject. And he says it all so well.


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