Jim Devine

February 6, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf79TxtYuOY (video of interview with Jim Devine)

I don’t want to comment about this case in particular, but the new argument that arises in teh video, beyond ‘it was in the rules’. Specifically, that you can ‘move money from one account to another’. Surely when you are claiming expenses, the account belongs to the Parliament and not to you. There is an account code you claim against. But you personally do not have, say, a communications account with £10,000 in it. You have an allowance you can claim against to a maximum of £10,000.

There is a world of difference between having an account that you are given to spend as you like and having a facility for claiming expenses. The use of the word ‘accounts’ alarms me. Someone correct me if I’m wrong here.

We wait to find out if he’s innocent or guilty, based on a better process than a tv interview, as Jim says, in the courts. Either way I still think, vote Labour 🙂 I mean, we need economic creativity right now! Ahem. But seriously. Labour. G’on.

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