Nepotism is the showing of favouritism toward relatives, based
upon that relationship, rather than on an objective evaluation of
ability or suitability. For instance, offering employment to a
relative, despite the fact that there are others who are better
qualified and willing to perform the job, would be considered nepotism.
The word nepotism is from the Latin word 'nepos', meaning “nephew” or “grandchild”.
More than 100 MPs so far have admitted employing members of their family in
the wake of the Derek Conway scandal, including at least 70 colleagues
of the disgraced former Conservative minister.
The Conservative leader disclosed that 70 of his 193 MPs – including
two members of the shadow cabinet – had already come forward to admit
hiring their wives or other relatives.
At least 33 Labour MPs have admitted employing family members, although
dozens more are thought to be implicated in the growing furore. (still counting, but Labour MP's appear to be prone to 'oversight' in anything approaching following rules)
Here's a list of some of the MP's employing family members.
Both main party leaders are bracing themselves for further accusations
of impropriety in tomorrow's newspapers, with the scandal rumoured to
have spread to senior figures in the Labour Party.
Fed up with all this sleaze, day in, day out from MP's. Fed up with hearing every day another case where MP's have been fiddling their expenses, hidden away behind Freedom of Information exemptions, information blocked by the Speaker, where MP's and Lords are selling knighthoods or peerages, or taking bribes from lobbyists and even then everything is backed up with over inflated gold plated pensions.
See what the Libertarian Party has to say about MP's with their noses in the trough.
A 'bog standard' backbench MP is paid a salary of £60,675 a year. They
get 18 weeks holiday a year, and can participate in a generous final
income pension scheme.
They can claim up to £90,505 as a staffing allowance, and many use this
to 'employ' members of their own families. They are also entitled to an
Incidental Expenses Provision of up to £21,339 per annum, and an
Additional Costs Allowance of up to £23,083 a year, to cover nights
spent away from home.
For the year 2006/07, the average expenses claim for each MP was an incredible £135,773.
You would think that MPs must work damned hard to be worth these levels of pay. However, the Register of Members' Interests
shows them involved in so many lucrative sidelines (paid TV
appearances, company directorships and so on) that it would be amazing
if they actually had any time left over to do their real jobs—serving
To add final insult to injury, even when a failed MP is kicked out of
Parliament at an election, they receive a golden parachute in the shape
of a Resettlement Grant. The size of this payment is determined by a
combination of factors, but it is always a minimum of 50% of their
final salary, with the first £30,000 utterly tax free.
Sadly, we're all so used to corrupt politicians saying one thing and
then doing another, that we would understand if you were to wonder why
you should trust in our integrity. Don't – test us. Until some honesty
has returned to public life, we will require that any candidate
standing for election in the name of the Libertarian Party will make
the following commitments:
- the full details of any and all expenses that they claim
in the execution of their duties will be disclosed in their entirety on
this website within 30 days of being incurred
- they will not employ their spouse, or any other member of immediate family, using public funds
- they will not participate in any pension scheme associated with their public position
will not accept offers of hospitality, travel junkets or similar
freebies, which could be seen as an attempt by any individual or
organisation to gain influence or favour
Whilst placing restrictions over and above the current state of the
law on our candidates is distinctly unlibertarian, as a party we are
prepared to swallow our principles on this to ensure that you, the
public, don't have to keep swallowing yours in respect of how the
political class currently abuse your trust.
(source Libertarian Party – lpuk.org)
It is time to change the way politics works in the UK. Its time to get rid of the nepotism, the sleaze, graft and corruption.
Its time to state that it is Your Country, Your Life and Your Parliament, and you want it back.