Hang them, hang them all

In a hearing with the expenses watchdog, MPs raised a variety of complaints about their dinner allowance, which they may claim up to the value of £15 when \”required to be at the House of Commons” because it is sitting beyond 7:30pm.


Slaughter
the lot of \’em.

That someone on 65 k a year plus expenses will whine about his dinner voucher shows that they just shouldn\’t be there.

I am away from home for weeks at a time and yes, the investors do indeed pay for a one bed flat for me to stay in. But I buy my own damn food and beer because I\’ll do so wherever I am.

18 thoughts on “Hang them, hang them all”

  1. If they are at Westminster then they are at their usual place of work. Being at one’s usual place of work, irrespective of the time, does not get you expenses paid in any other walk of life. Indeed as the whingers have noted, working late does generally tend to increase the expenses one occurs – without compensation.

  2. So am I the only person here who thinks getting some perks, like dinner on the boss, perhaps, is pretty normal when you have to work late outside what you generally get paid to do?

    When it comes to expenses, I have a simple question to decide if they’re allowable: have I incurred any extra expense as a result of my work? If I normally eat dinner at home, but have to eat out instead because of working late, I will have incurred extra expense.

    And, for what it’s worth, I don’t think there’s any restaurant within a mile or two of the Palace of Westminster in which you can actually get dinner for fifteen quid.

  3. “So am I the only person here who thinks getting some perks, like dinner on the boss, perhaps, is pretty normal when you have to work late outside what you generally get paid to do?”
    Pretty well, Dave. Something tells me you re a 9-5 worker. Lot of us work flexitime. As in, we work what hours the job requires flexi. What we thought MPs signed up to.
    Of course, its MPs who insist on calling what they do a job, against all evidence to the contrary. Maybe we wouldnt be so critical if they didnt.

  4. They’re complaining about a $20 per diem for a single meal? When I was in the military and traveling that’s what I got for the whole *day*.

  5. “And, for what it’s worth, I don’t think there’s any restaurant within a mile or two of the Palace of Westminster in which you can actually get dinner for fifteen quid.”

    1 – pack dinner if you’re working late.
    2 – I bet there’s plenty of places that will deliver.
    3 – I imagine that these guys have at least a couple of people on staff – have one of them go do a take-out run.

  6. BIS>

    Not a 9 to 5er, no. Just trying to think if I’ve ever had a job that was actually 9 to 5 – don’t think so, had a few with fixed hours and got out of that as soon as possible. These days in that scenario I’d be more likely to be the one buying dinner.

    I’d point out that if you work flexitime or as a salaried employee with tasks rather than set hours, the pay normally reflects that.

    As a salaried worker, or a contractor, or just a lowly drone, however, the fact remains that extra expenses incurred in the course of doing your job are exactly the definition of ‘expenses’.

    Agamammon>

    It would be cheaper just to lay food on for them. Honestly, you can barely get a takeaway pizza in Westminster for fifteen quid.

  7. Well as I said, give the buggers a works canteen. Good wholesome food can be provided by professional caterers for much less than £15 per head.

    Perhaps they could set an example by having a menu entirely free of sugar, salt, fat, meat and, of course, alcohol.

  8. There are several subsidised eaterys within the HoC are there not?. So why are we paying them a day rate which is then increased by them buying already subsidised nosh?.

  9. Dave is right here, and the rest of you lot have worked for a bunch of awful bastards.

    Every salaried employer I’ve worked for has paid for dinner and cab allowances if working late beyond a certain specified time. And HMRC is totally happy for companies to run with that arrangement.

  10. (most complaints about MP salaries and expenses seem to boil down to people who do shit jobs for shit wages being grumpy that MPs have the same employment conditions as every decent professional employer)

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