Sunday, March 29, 2009

Why Was The MP Angry?

The main story:

Jacqui Smith’s husband apologised to the Home Secretary on the doorstep of the family's home today after claiming for two pornographic movies on her MP's expenses allowance – but stopped short of saying sorry to the taxpayer.

Ms Smith, who is already under investigation for her housing arrangements, revealed that she was “mortified and furious” after she was reimbursed for two 18-rated features, each costing £5, viewed on April 1 and April 6 last year.

Making a statement outside the couple's constituency home in Redditch, Richard Timney apologised to Ms Smith for the embarrassment caused to her, but conspicuously refused to say sorry to the public for misusing taxpayers' money.

“I am really sorry for any embarrassment I have caused Jacqui. I can fully understand why people might be angry and offended by this," he said.

The sub-story:

Ms Smith said that she had submitted the expenses claim mistakenly. A friend said that the Home Secretary knew there was no excuse for the error, but added: “To say she’s angry with her husband is an understatement. Jacqui was not there when these films were watched. She’s furious and mortified.”

Politicians are so, well, selfish? No, they're like us only worse.

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