Thursday, 7 July 2011

No Ifs, No Buts Mr Laws, Benefit Fraud is a Crime

Having been found guilty of 6 breaches of Commons Rules and suspended for 7 days, David Laws is back!

"Mr Laws resigned after just 17 days as a cabinet minister, following reports he had claimed about £40,000 to pay rent to his partner, the lobbyist James Lundie. Such payments have been against parliamentary rules since 2006.....a long investigation by the parliamentary standards commissioner had discovered other breaches relating to phone bills and building work."

"A parliamentary committee ruled in May he should apologise to the House of Commons and be suspended for seven days. The suspension began on 7 June."

Nonetheless, he was the economic glue that binds the coalition. The hard-line right-wing Lib Dem who It was thought could bridge the gap between the Osbornes and the Vinces. Without him we got.... well, Danny Alexander and it hasn't been pretty has it?

It's been clear from the first whiff of scandal that the Condems wanted him back and would bring him back as soon as they thought they could get away with it,

"Only a few months ago, David Cameron was expressing impatience at the time the commissioner was taking with his inquiry because he was keen to see Mr Laws back in Government"

but less than a month after his suspension expired? Quietly appearing in the House of Commons in the midst of a huge media scandal that's keeping everyone too busy to notice?

He cheated. He committed benefit fraud.

In fact, the DWP would call him a benefit thief

They are very clear on the matter :

"Deliberately withholding information that affects your claim is stealing. That’s why we are targeting benefit thieves! Those who steal benefits are picking the pockets of law-abiding taxpayers." 

Yet again, we have one rule for them, but entirely another for everyone else. Every time I see Mr Laws sitting in the HoC I will remember that he is a cheat. He was found guilty. But it didn't matter. After all the expenses scandals, after the promises that it would all change, after all that LibDem drivel about a "New Politics" we have to swallow yet another huge hypocrisy pill from politicians. 

And they wonder why no-one likes them, hardly anyone goes out to vote for them and no-one trusts them. 

They've got away with this systemic corruption for so long, they think they always will. "Oh, don't worry, the sheeple won't remember, the sheeple won't care"

I'm not actually sure they have much longer. Lip service will no longer do and too many more of these decisions might bring the whole stinking house of cards tumbling down. Hopefully they'll land on Rupert Murdoch.


  1. He's just another parasite to be squashed.
    Double standards again I personally think that all the Mp's that had to pay money back should have been treated as theives.
    All dirty cheating scumbags.

  2. Clr. Ralph Baldwin7 July 2011 at 15:19


    You are entirely right to raise this issue it is a breach in the unwritten constitution we have, it is a breach in the rule of Law.

    David Laws just happens to be associated with what the disgraced Hewitt described as Demos lobbeying platform and an ex-banker.

    So this should surpise nobody.

    Let's make this very clear we have very serious issues facing our democracy at the moment and it was no accident the Far Right appeared on the scene during the Euro elections, it is not just the disabled that are being ignored and treated unfairly, the problem is that everyone is in their own little boat waving alittle flag about their own problems and not gathering support. A broad narrative is required to challenge the elitism in Parliament and increase representation.

    That means you have to concern yourselves with other causes to enlist those people to your own.

  3. Quite right but he isn't going to suffer through lack of money and have to go begging for a food loan is he.

  4. fraud is FRAUD.........
    thats theft,stealing,nicking,fiddleing......
    whaterever you call it "IT'S FRAUD!!"
    these MP's should be made to pay it ALL back,
    then proscuted,sent to jail, and NEVER be allowed to work in ANY public service ever again.

  5. Sue, I concur wholeheartedly with what you've said here. It is a disgrace that those who create the law for the masses then create different laws for themselves. But I dare say, he'll be back in the Cabinet in the next reshuffle or the one after that - or be given a 'Special Advisor' rĂ´le and an extra wage packet to go with it :(


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