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?

Latest Blogs:

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

Windfall fail

10:08 AM 13, Aug 2018 Duncan Simpson

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

Education spending and teachers' pay

7:10 PM 16, Jun 2018 The TaxPayers' Alliance

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

But that wasn't real socialism...

4:04 PM 23, May 2018 Matt Gillow

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

Food would be cheaper outside the customs union

4:20 PM 14, May 2018 James Price

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

Time to scrap inheritance tax

3:34 PM 08, May 2018 Matt Gillow