Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saving Private Members' Bills

Just watched Norman Baker interviewed on SKY.

Normally I have much respect for his example and pronouncements, especially in the green arena, but he really was floundering here.

And I was intrigued by his bike purchase... 'to save us money... and the planet'.

I'll grant the latter but I was wondering if, on top of the purchase, there is any mileage on top as can be afforded certain council employees... at 20p per mile.

Also, has anyone actually checked if he uses the thing we have paid for, for this purpose?

I just got (oh, with my own money) a great second hand folding bike from a renovation charity for £100, but it will rarely be used for 'work'. Pottering around town, yes. Holiday, yes. So... is this vehicle his primary commuting resource?

And on a purely political note (more appropriate, usually, for El Burro Hotay), it is worth noting that it is noted that of all these folk who control our finances and the rules to which we are held, when confronted by claims and trotting out a raft of excuses, NOT ONE has mistakenly, or accidentally UNDER-claimed.

No comments: