Wednesday, 20 May 2009


I did swear that I wasn't going to blog on the question of MP's Allowances and although I'm not going to comment on the rights or wrongs of what's been going on...the voters have more than enough information to judge for themselves. What I am going to comment on is the speed with which John Marek launched a scathing attack on Ian Lucas MP following publication of his allowances, and the equal speed with which Caerwyn Jones AM comes to Ian Lucas's aid with this little spat:

News this week that John Marek, our former Deputy Presiding Officer in the Assembly has attacked Ian Lucas, Wrexham’s MP over his allowances caused some raising of eyebrows and choking on tea here in Cardiff Bay.

John presided over the extension of the allowances here to the point where a member can claim a second home in Cardiff even if they live less than 20 miles away.

This is the man who received not one but two payoffs when he left the Assembly and Parliament. He also would have had accommodation in both Cardiff and London which he claimed for. The Evening Leader might want to ask him how much money he made from these properties before having a go at Ian Lucas. They might also want to ask him whether he will pay back any money that he received from the sale of property that he claimed for between 1983 and 2007 when he was an elected representative.

Don't you just love these little spats between grown men one of whom is a potential First Minister of Wales.

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