Has Peter Hain misused taxpayer funds for Labour party purposes?

Looks like when I said Peter Hain had four problems at the moment, I should have said five.

Peter Hain websiteHis website – www.peterhain.org – says at the bottom, “This website is funded by the Communications Allowance”. Now that’s ok in itself – MPs are allowed to use the funds they receive to communicate online. However, what they’re not allowed to do is to use the money for party politics.

So it’s a bit of a problem, that the site says “please use this site to join the debate about Labour’s future.” (Click thumbnail to see screenshot higlightining the relevant text from the site’s frontpage).

That’d be party politics methinks. Oops.

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  • Does anyone care about this sort of pettifogging transgression? I mean, well done for spotting it, but really, in a world ravaged by genocide, war, famine and death, does one link on a website really matter?

  • Jeremy Poynton 11th Jan '08 - 1:32pm

    Yeah we DO care – why? Because the rest of the nation has been hit my a blizzard of legislation courtesy of ZaNu Labour PF, with some 3000 new crime son the statute books, and with ever-increasing power to intrude into our private lives. OBEY THE LAW is the prime message of ZaNu. Unless, that is, you are one of us.

    Regardless of the above, had Harman, Woozy Alexander or Hain a shred of personal honour, they would have resigned. But they have worked so hard for their pensions.

    Hold on – it’s US who are paying their pensions. Whilst losing ours.

    Bring back the 60s

    [Note: language moderated; please keep postings polite. Thanks :-)]

  • As we’re on the subject of pettiness, I’m sure Mark meant complimentary. I saw the opposite mistake yesterday in a blog comment where someone wrote “full compliment”.

    Petty I know, but these aren’t typographic errors. And we have the gall to criticise today’s students.

  • Jeremy Poynton 11th Jan '08 - 5:48pm

    Okay, what I said, somewhat bowdlerised, was

    “Up against the wall, Oedipals”

    OK ? 🙂

  • Just another point on this. I’ve just looked at the Hain web-site. Is it appropriate for him to use the communications allowance to advertise his books?

    It’s a small point I know but I am sick to death of seeing politicians use every trick they can to gain the maximum personal benefit from the taxpayers money.

    It’s about time they stopped extracting the urine!

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