General Chat Thread, MPs splurge £250,000 of public money on 'expensive' vanity portraits in General; Clearly money well spent!
Source : The Independent
David Cameronís extortionate £90-a-time haircut (and subsequent MBE for hairdresser Lino Carbosiero) ...
David Cameronís extortionate £90-a-time haircut (and subsequent MBE for hairdresser Lino Carbosiero) might have set the average tax payerís teeth on edge.
But that regular expense is but a snip compared to the £250,000 of public money that has been used to fund the ultimate MP vanity project Ė having specially commissioned portraits of themselves painted by the UK's leading artists.
According to an exclusive report published by the Evening Standard, these include spends of £10,000 on a portrait of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, £4,000 to preserve Foreign Secretary William Hague in oils and £8,000 for a painting of Kenneth Clarke.
Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington Diane Abbott is said to have set the public funds back £11,750 for a seemingly topless oil painting of herself (pictured), while Dennis Skinner and Tony Benn each sat for portraits at costs of £2,180 and £2,000 respectively.
And I don't even claim for the washing bill through the work I do. How many times come 10am on Monday do I look like I haven't washed my trousers thanks to dust/dirt from computers? Many....might start investigating this
We're all in this together. So I'm looking forward to being able to claim my fuel costs, my mortgage, my childcare costs etc. as "expenses" instead of, y'know, taking them out my wage like everyone else does. Salary is meant to be all for disposable income, right?
Yeah - my local MP (Michael Ellis) makes a big deal on all of his literature about how he claims £0 in expenses - though I read recently that he does claim £20,000 pa for housing allowances - funny he doesn't mention that - he should pay to commute like the rest of us have to - that'd get some action to improve the railways...