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Tory minister mocks claimants

Tory minister Hugo Swire mocked claimants at last month’s £1,500 per place ‘black and white ball’ to raise funds for the Conservatives. His callous jibe was secretly recorded for the Channel 4 'Dispatches' programme.

Swire, an Old Etonian, was acting as auctioneer whilst guests made bids for a bust of Margaret Thatcher, a weekend’s pheasant shooting and a shoe shopping trip with Theresa May, amongst other lots.

Whilst encouraging a bidder at Iain Duncan Smith’s table to increase his bid, Swire is heard to say:

“£60,000. Iain, persuade him. He’s not on benefits ,is he? Well, if he is then he can afford it. £55,000?”

Swire went on to joke that:

“It’s quite naff to have Bentleys and Rolls Royces and Ferraris, because anybody could have them

“In the good old days of MP’s expenses we could have them too. But we don’t any more.”

In the exceedingly unlikely event that Mr Swire is reading this: in reality a Jobseeker’s Allowance claimant would need to save every penny of their payments for 16 years to come up with £60,000.

Funny that, isn’t it?

Comments  

#8 chrisB 2015-03-26 17:53
I don't understand why anyone is surprised by these sort of comments anymore. This has been on the increase for years from MP's of all parties, nothing will ever happen to change it, no matter who is in power.
+1 #7 Ranil Jayasinghe 2015-03-25 13:25
This is what happens when swine's become rulers
+1 #6 Paul Richards 2015-03-24 20:52
Hi pusscatsmum,
Yes, indeed - our main enemy now (apart from the Tory/Coalition itself) is the often seemingly deliberate lack of TRUTHFULNESS on behalf of the Media. This includes the main TV Channels and definitely the Right-Wing press media.
Apart from an odd Newspaper such as the Guardian, The Independent and sometimes the Mirror - for the most part, the rest of them do not publicize anything that would help the poor, the vulnerable, the sick & disabled in any way whatsoever.
However, they make sure that the Tories and their 'Long Term Economic Plan' are well publicised and are crowed loudly about.
It is shameful in a so called 'democracy' that these papers especially can get away with all of this.
A properly regulated body, with 'teeth' to act on them would be good - but I for one, very much doubt that this will ever happen.
There are too many vested interests and far too many 'apple carts' that could be upset by doing something like that.
+4 #5 carruthers 2015-03-24 20:47
Quoting pusscatsmum:
Altho I think his statement is completely stupid maybe in his defence his Ignorance is more to blame.
Most MP's, and others in the mainstream life have no idea of what benefits are, or for what or for that matter for how much.
When the ordinary man in the street - or woman on a bus - is ignorant, then education is part of the answer.

MPs are not supposed to be that ignorant about the results of major legislation for which they voted and over which they have a duty of supervision.

However, as we know, for some MPs the details of facts and figures are just incredibly boring, so that they have to play computer games to stay awake - even when they are members of a committee especially tasked with oversight of government departments.

Clearly details of their own expenses claims are much more interesting figures.

If an MP chooses to open his (or her) mouth on a topic, then they should stick to those topics they know something about. For many MPs, though, it seems that knowing the facts might spoil their nice shiny prejudices or even make them think.

Gilbert and Sullivan had it right:
"I always voted at my party's call
And never thought of thinking for myself at all."

Fairy stories in place of facts helps with that.
+5 #4 pusscatsmum 2015-03-24 15:47
Altho I think his statement is completely stupid maybe in his defence his Ignorance is more to blame.
Most MP's, and others in the mainstream life have no idea of what benefits are, or for what or for that matter for how much.
We keep having a pop at the MP'S and the average bod in the street and I now think this is the wrong way round.
They cannot help their ignorance to the matter which befalls us, as the Media do not put it out there properly. The rediculous channel 4 and other programmes only highlight those who falsify their benefit claims and how they survive.
It is time the TRUTH was put out there in a way that the MP's and the ordinary citizen can see and understand.
Until this gets done in the mainstream arena the lies and humiliation and degredation will continue.
Time to make a proper stand to inform the ignorant of our plight.
+7 #3 Just Me 2015-03-24 13:25
Another reason (as If any sane person would need one of course) to vote these buggers out come May.
+11 #2 b s 2015-03-24 12:16
Another selfservative bigot caught out who has absolutely no idea what the real world is like and never will have..
+9 #1 tintack 2015-03-24 02:34
Quote:
“It’s quite naff to have Bentleys and Rolls Royces and Ferraris, because anybody could have them

“In the good old days of MP’s expenses we could have them too. But we don’t any more.”
Doesn't your heart just bleed for these poor downtrodden souls?

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