Politician puts Remembrance Sunday on expenses

December 17, 2008 5:38 PM

There has rightly been a lot of publicity over the last few days about the newly released expenses details of Welsh Assembly Members. Thousand pound televisions, iPods, swanky sofas, Sky subscription and other purchases have come in forall the criticism they deserve. Looking at the details, there's one other expenses claim which strikes me as particularly outrageous, not because it is a luxury or a huge bill but because Local Government Minister Brian Gibbons claimed £16.50 for a Royal British Legion wreath.


It's disgraceful that even public displays of rememberance, those most serious of events, are being charged to the taxpayer by such penny-pinching people. Does he really care so little about those who laid down their lives that he couldn't be bothered to pay the bill himself?

There has rightly been a lot of publicity over the last few days about the newly released expenses details of Welsh Assembly Members. Thousand pound televisions, iPods, swanky sofas, Sky subscription and other purchases have come in forall the criticism they deserve. Looking at the details, there's one other expenses claim which strikes me as particularly outrageous, not because it is a luxury or a huge bill but because Local Government Minister Brian Gibbons claimed £16.50 for a Royal British Legion wreath.


It's disgraceful that even public displays of rememberance, those most serious of events, are being charged to the taxpayer by such penny-pinching people. Does he really care so little about those who laid down their lives that he couldn't be bothered to pay the bill himself?

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