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Living in another world to you (Part 2)

Jun 6, 2008, 10:49 AM
Authors : Richard
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Post date : Jun 6, 2008, 10:49 AM
Some people who are not living like birds are the MEPs whose expenses allowances, and what they are doing with them make the shenanigans at the House of Commons look like kids playing shops.
Conservative MEP – and leader of the group in Europe – Giles Chichester lived up to his famous father’s ability to sail into dangerous waters by paying almost £500,000 of his MEP’s expenses into a family company, leading to questions of how the payments out could be justified.
On being found out, Chichester used the phrase ‘whoops-a-daisy’. Personally, I would have thought that the nautical expression that he’d ‘caught a green one’ might have been a little more appropriate, as a giant wave of opprobrium broke across his bows.
Whether his career will now sink without trace, as his reputation probably has, is another question.
The fact that he was responsible for introducing a new expenses code for his fellow Conservatives probably didn’t help his case.
Anyone want to lay bets as to how long it will take HMRC to raise an enquiry that will include the expressions ‘settlements legislation’ and personal service company?
And Dave Hartnett wonders why people are trying to avoid paying tax.

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