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Maria Miller fails to apologise for pocketing excess expenses

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PigletJohn Sat 05-Apr-14 22:32:37

Listen carefully to her "apology"

there is no apology for overclaiming.

Only for failing to co-operate with the Parliamentary Commissioner who was trying to establish the truth.

Isitmebut Sun 06-Apr-14 03:10:09

Apparently the Parliamentary Commission have those with 'form' on dodgy claims themselves.

But if a poll says over 80% of Conservative voters want her out, surely her time is up - Conservative Party down to 2 women in cabinet I believe.

Animation Sun 06-Apr-14 19:13:00

It's baffling why the MPs seem to support her though, except for good old Norman Tebbit who calls for her resignation and says she's 'arrogant'.

claig Sun 06-Apr-14 20:00:33

Some commentators have said it is because they "are all in it together" i.e. they may not be squeaky clean either

ssd Sun 06-Apr-14 20:14:51

dont see what she did wrong, I mean shes an MP, shes allowed to commit fraud and fiddle her expenses then get huffy when the tax payer expects an apology, which she gave grudgingly

what are we expecting, decent honest people?

as if

LineRunner Sun 06-Apr-14 20:22:12

I was wondering about this. She must know Cameron is vulnerable to attack on the lack of women on his front bench.

ttosca Sun 06-Apr-14 21:15:06

>Some commentators have said it is because they "are all in it together" i.e. they may not be squeaky clean either

They're not.

They're all crooks.

gamerchick Mon 07-Apr-14 11:49:07

I don't like it when the spotlight shines upwards towards government wrong doings. They always do something horrible to the rest of us or the benefit system etc to move it down again.

limitedperiodonly Mon 07-Apr-14 17:47:10

She is surely going to have to go and now her case has been reported to the Met we will see what they say, rather than a cosy cabal of MPs.

Her abuse is blatant and the arrogance of her apology and the blundering threat by her SPAD to the Telegraph reporter and even worse, No 10's press officer Craig Oliver, is spectacularly inept.

Oliver does have form though. He is a fuckwit in the way that Sir Bernard Ingham and Alistair Campbell were not

Dave is an idiot. But I have some sympathy that he is trying to manage a weak government like John Major was.

Actually, I don't. I don't think Dave is capable of doing that.

At least Major grew up in the machinations of local government in a big city and knew what the deal was even if it was out of his control.

AdeleNazeem Mon 07-Apr-14 18:43:39

the arrogance and sense if entitlement is very depressing. hope she goes soon

PigletJohn Tue 08-Apr-14 02:12:46

A poll found that 74% of voters and 69% of Tory supporters thought the prime minister should have sacked Mrs Miller.

Is anyone surprised?

Oh. Just you, Dave.

ttosca Tue 08-Apr-14 21:12:47

Expenses row ‘devastated’ Miller – so what? Miller devastated the disabled


According to the BBC, Maria Miller reckons she is “‘devastated’ that she has let her constituents down”.

Oh really?

Is that why her apology to Parliament – which was for behaving badly towards the inquiry into her fraudulent expenses claims, not for making the claims themselves – was so short and contemptuous? She trying to cope with the shame of letting everybody down?

I should bleedin’ cocoa.

Miller should try to bear in mind that we weren’t all born yesterday and most of us have a decent IQ; we don’t have time for these flimsy efforts at self-justification.

She committed a crime.

Let’s remember as well that this is a woman who, as minister for the disabled, co-presided over a benefit assessment system that has led to thousands upon thousands of deaths: the hated Work Capability Assessment.

Shall we list the devastation caused by that little policy?

Well, too bad. We can’t because the government is too lily-livered and cowardly to release the figures. There is no more obvious way of telling the public that these people are trying to hide serious – by which I mean grave – crimes.

So Miller can take her talk of “devastation” and blow it out her ear.

The BBC report adds that David Cameron, Britain’s weakest Prime Minister, has continued to support his culture secretary. Cynics have said this is because she is both female and state-educated, and he needs examples of both in his primarily male, privately-educated and extremely, obscenely rich, Cabinet.

It has also been suggested that she is extremely loyal to Cameron and, for a weak leader, this must be handy too.

The Beeb also says former Commons Speaker Baroness Boothroyd has claimed Miller should resign as a matter of “honour”. Fat chance.

There’s no honour amongst thieves.

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Jux Tue 08-Apr-14 22:12:49

Sadly, my MP is conservative. Happily, I have written to him suggesting that retaining her is a bad idea.

AdeleNazeem Tue 08-Apr-14 22:34:25

I have logged my dissatisfaction here, would urge others to do the same, and if anyone knows of petitions or other ways to register dissent, please share it.

EverythingCounts Tue 08-Apr-14 22:37:47

So devastated that she is apparently incapable of either resigning or paying back the £45k, the two things that might start to rehabilitate public opinion of her.

PigletJohn Tue 08-Apr-14 22:57:09

I thought she was just devasted that the majority of the population are being so horrid to her, even though she never did anything wrong?

Jux Tue 08-Apr-14 23:27:13

That pretty much sums it up, doesn't it, PigletJohn? Also highlights how dumb we, the general population, are as we clearly don't understand how it all works for them.

I don't think there are more than a handful of MPs who believe that we will actually remember this by the time the gen. election rolls around.

angelohsodelight Wed 09-Apr-14 07:23:03

She has resigned .... Should have been sacked and prosecuted.

Florrieandthestraw Wed 09-Apr-14 07:32:25

Finally gone..unapologetic. Just another of the toffs with their hands in the trough as far as I am concerned.

Nennypops Wed 09-Apr-14 12:13:08

And Cameron more or less promising that she can come back after keeping her head down for a bit. Disgraceful.

LineRunner Wed 09-Apr-14 13:20:29

Cameron is still defending her. Arse.

saintsalive Wed 09-Apr-14 16:03:08

It is all so shameful.
I have been wondering why it took so long for her to resign.This thread helps explain things.

What a numpty or worse Cameron has been. He must have been quite desperate for her to stay.

And also a shame that the women MPs seem to act no better than the men. And dare I say it, worse?

Jux Wed 09-Apr-14 17:51:19

Why is the 1922 committee so unconcerned? I don't get it?

Viviennemary Wed 09-Apr-14 17:57:33

I wrote to my MP too. Telling him of my disapproval of the way the whole thing has been handled by David Cameron.

AdeleNazeem Wed 09-Apr-14 18:26:15

saw a good tweet today...
she has probably claimed in expenses for the sword she has just thrown herself onto

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