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 restless_native
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This is one of those threads where you'll gets lots of self righteous people banging on about what a disgrace it is and how they'd never do such a thing.

The reality is that in the same situation I think most people would probably do the same. Rules come in very handy for hiding behind sometimes with people conveniently oblivious to the fact that they aren't acting within the spirit of them if it suits their own ends.

"Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools."

Douglas Bader.
 Cargy.
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Posted: 7/15/2009 8:56:31 AM
In my experience (which has left me somewhat jaded over the years); quis custodiet iposos custodies.

Invariably, those in a position of trust will find some way to justify why they should benefit from their position by abusing trust.

Besides, they could function perfectly adequately in rented accomodation, and not walk away with a paid-for property at the end of it
 Cargy.
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Posted: 7/15/2009 9:26:53 AM

They would live in rented property, only the company that owned it would be their company so owning it would be by default surely?


So it's essentially a common or garden tax dodge; A nice house with a garden full of gnomes, paid for legitimately with no real abuse of trust.

I wouldn't question that, simply because it's not abusing a position of trust. It is not encumbent on a citizen to maximise his taxation obligations.

It is, however, up to an MP to minimise his expenses which are taken from funds raised by taxation.
 restless_native
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Posted: 7/15/2009 9:48:17 AM
A nice house with a garden full of gnomes, paid for legitimately with no real abuse of trust.


Apparently you're only actually allowed to claim for the second gnome.
 Cargy.
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Posted: 7/15/2009 10:09:23 AM

Entitled to is the key word here


Indeed, but we also need to consider how that entitlement came to be. If it was self-voted (by earlier generations of MPs) then the entitlement is questionable.
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