Thursday, December 10, 2009

Paying for the PM's Servant


So our Prime Minister claimed nearly £2,000 for 'domestic servants' at his second home in Fife in the 2008-9 tax year. Pardon me for saying it, but isn't this something more associated with those who were educated on the playing fields of Eton? Still, nothing's too good for the workers.

Sadly I have been beavering away at work all day, so haven't managed to follow the expenses revelations as closely as I would have wished. But am I right in thinking that Quentin Davies has a problem with his bell end? [shurely shome mishtake, Ed]. Couldn't happen to a nice man. You can get cream for it you know. Well, of course, I don't know. It's, er, ahem, just something I have heard.

I'll get my coat.

10 comments:

Roland Deschain said...

The invoice doesn't say "domestic servants". It says "domestic services". It's a posh phrase for cleaning.

Mr Eugenides said...

Even I think this is a non-story... someone has to clean a second home, presumably, given that he is seldom there.

Though admittedly it's hard to see how it takes four hours to clean an empty house that has lain empty since you spent four hours cleaning it the previous week.

Stepney said...

"ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS"

- George Orwell, Animal Farm, Ch. 10

Another piece of old Etonian perspicacity

Jules said...

quentin davies? mendacious idiot who is currently doing more damage at the MoD than the taliban could ever dream of.

hope the press crucifies him. then we can feed the pieces to our war vets.

cabalamat said...

This is a ridiculous non-story. The prime minister is a very busy man, and it makes eminently good sense for him to delegate taks (such as cleaning) that can easily be delegated. I say this as someone who is by no means a supporter of Gordon Brown.

You should be ashamed of yourself Iain for such silly (and inept) politcal point scoring.

Craig Ranapia said...

A non-story? Well, Labour is very busy playing the "posh" card. I'm a pretty busy chap, working hard to (just) make ends meet, and I still manage to find time to do my own cooking, cleaning and laundry.

Strikes me as perfectly fair comment to ask whether Gordon thinks he's too posh (and far too important) to do his own dusting.

Hypoctite.

Craig Ranapia said...

Another observation: My employer doesn't pay for, or even subsidise, tradesmen who work on my home.

Now, Gordon, who's really out of touch with the concerns and experiences of ordinary, hardworking voters?

Wight Tory said...

Well that takes the biscuit, my wife an 'E' Grade Register Nurse, gets £10.59 p/h as a Bank Nurse. She is left in charge of Wards and is responsible for peoples lives...

trevorsden said...

Don't domestic servants clean? Contracting out the likes of Hudson and Rose does not make the service any different.

If someone 'has to clean a second home' - then someone has to maintain it in other ways - like painting and removing nasty wisteria.

Brown can delegate away - with his vast PMs Salary. Why do we have to pay for it? He already has a grace and favour home paid for by the taxpayer in London. Why do we pay for his own home in Fife?

"Assuring you of a quality service" -- if only Brown could say that ...

Zoran said...

Wight Tory said..."Well that takes the biscuit, my wife an 'E' Grade Register Nurse, gets £10.59 p/h"

£10.50 an hour is what goes to the company providing the cleaner. The actual cleaner probably gets the legal minimum wage - currently £5.80 an hour.