Tuesday, 13 December 2016
Tory MP Ian Liddell-Grainger: Just who do you think you are?
Ian Liddell-Grainger. Now there's a proper Tory name if I've ever heard one (apologies to nice people called Ian with a double-barrelled surname). Described by a constituent of his that I chat with as "one hell of a repulsive bastard". Sounds like he's got lots going for him then. Although he is a great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria, so he is down with the common people, keeping it real.
We all know someone that's 309th in line to the throne don't we?
Anyway...Ian hit the headlines yesterday for launching a tirade against his local police force. He accused them of "utter incompetence" and he was "appalled" which led me to wondering what they had done wrong. Had he reported a burglary and not had anyone round? Had some nasty person stole his taxpayer funded iPad? No. Ian forgot to renew his gun licence in time for the winter shooting season. His winter is ruined and he's taking it up with Amber Rudd.
There's no word from the birds that will be dodging his bullets just yet, but I'll let you all know if I hear anything.
Now, in Ian's strange little elitist bubble, where the likes of you and I are no better than butlers and maids to the austerity aristocracy, this is the fault of the police as it takes 16 weeks to renew his licence. When asking the police why it took so long it was suggested to him that his governments dangerous and callous cuts may have had something to do with the delay.
The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners said this by the way Ian - "Since 2010 staff posts have reduced by 15,500 (19.5%) By 2020 police staffing levels could reduce to approximately 100,000 – the lowest level since the mid-1970s. The funding shortfall could be approximately £400 million in the first year and increasing up to as high as £1.2 billion by 2020."
So THAT is why your poxy gun licence is taking so long Ian. If your head hadn't been buried in the sand for the last 6 years you may have noticed this. Personally, I'm glad your winter won't be quite the same. Perhaps use the time to reflect on the disgusting and shameful fact that ONE ELDERLY PERSON DIES EVERY SEVEN MINUTES THROUGH COLD under YOUR governments watch.
In a series featured by The Torygraph during the expenses scandal of 2009 it was revealed greedy Ian would take full advantage of our generous food allowance. Unlike other expenses, there is no requirement for receipts, making it difficult to tell whether claims reflect actual costs. Ian claimed the maximum of exactly £250 every month in 2006/07. Think back 10 years. Did your bosses give you £250 a month to treat yourself to snacks? Nor mine.
Ian taking full advantage of the taxpayers trough doesn't end there. Liddell-Grainger claimed a total of £166,109 in expenses, including for office, staffing and travelling costs, during 2007–8. Under revised regulations, during 2010-11 he claimed the reduced sum of £147,004 for expenses, the SIXTH highest of all MPs in that year. Ian has registered his wife as a parliamentary assistant and in 2010 he had his wife and 2 eldest children on his list of staff, the ONLY MP to do so at the time.
I'm starting to sense where you want to stick his gun licence.
To finish off, lets look at Ian's performance as an MP. Our MPs have criteria they must fulfil, such as response times to communications sent to them by constituents. It was reported that Ian set up various email accounts to email himself, and reply to himself, simply to improve his "responsiveness rating" on the website that hosted the MPs rating.
Still, that's small fry compared to alleged fraudulent electoral spending by at least 30 Tory MPs currently being investigated by 20 police forces.