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hutch0
Date: 2008-02-03 17:15
Subject: pocket boroughs - in which derek conway takes the piss
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Derek Conway is down, but not yet out. He's still saying he did nothing wrong, and that MPs aren't paid nearly enough. I think he may have misjudged public sentiment if he thinks this is going to win him friends.

In other news, MPs are slowly starting to declare the family members they employ - around one in four of them, apparently. I should point out that it's not unusual, or frowned upon, for an MP to employ his wife as a secretary. For MPs from constituencies far from Westminster, it's a useful way of keeping marriages together. The problem, as in Conways case, comes when the person involved is being paid a disproportionate amount for the work they do.

And now it turns out that for the past 16 years Peter Hain has been employing his mother as a part-time secretary. Once again, there's nothing illegal about this as far as I know.
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2008-02-03 19:55 (UTC)
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If he's taht stupid how did he get to become and MP in the first place? I couldn't care less if you employ your children as researchers, as long as it is at a normal rate and they actually do the work. Neither of which is apparently the case. Therefore Conway should henceforth be called "Conman". (Not my joke, got it from the Herald)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-03 23:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's not that he's stupid; the people who elected him did so in good faith. They weren't to know he was going to massage the system, because MPs employing their relatives was not something that was generally known to the public. I really hope this little furore means than MPs are going to be a bit more honest from now on, and not slide back into their old ways once the media spotlight shifts off them.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-02-04 16:36 (UTC)
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I get the issues involved, but still find it amusing that there's a nepotism (and cheap labor) hubbub going on in a country where most of the power and money is distributed based on connections to a single certain family centruies (with the exception of that little Roundhead incident a few years back).

-the ojm
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-02-04 16:38 (UTC)
Subject: oops
Oops. That should say "for centuries."
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-04 20:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You've got a point; we all know politicians are mostly crooked - why do we suddenly act all surprised when they're found out?
`Man Shocked To Discover Nepotism Among Ruling Classes.'
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