One would have sympathy for Julie Kirkbride, if her life were similar to ours. But it wasn't, so we won't. Out she should go. And she should take Sir John "fill yer boots" Butterfill with her. Sir John, a Hint: you are a public servant, not the public pays for your servants. Time for you to retire (and pay back your profit).
I also hear that Downing Street is checking the tax liabilities of the Ministers who did not quite understand HMRC's rules. because none of them are the sharpest tools in the box, except when it comes to minimising their tax payments. Remember, evasion is illegal, avoidance is judicious. But the Cabinet Office checking Cabinet Ministers. This would be the Star Chamber treatment? Isn't there a conflict of interest?
At a briefing for journalists at Westminster on Wednesday morning, however, the Prime Minister’s Official spokesman said that Downing Street is now “checking” the expenses claims and tax liabilities of all other ministers.
"We will be asking all ministers to check to see if there is a tax liability that is due,” he said. “We are reminding all ministers to ensure that if they have received a benefit in kind they should pay tax on it.”
The spokesman admitted that No 10 does not know how many ministers have used their expenses to pay for tax advice and whether they have incurred a tax liability as a result.
Asked how many ministers had claimed for accountancy services, the spokesman said: “We will be checking with ministers".
The spokesman gave only a qualified assurance that all ministers have complied with the rules.
“To the best of our knowledge, ministers do appear to have honoured all of their tax liabilities,” he said.
Hmm, these need to go as well. Perhaps they could exercise collective cabinet responsibility and go at once.
Look around the Palace of Westminster and it was no longer possible to distinguish man from pig. Exit the pigs, having lived high on the hog for thirty years. Clear them out.