It seems to be a daily occurence at the moment, opening the newspaper and reading about yet another government minister fiddling or squeezing as much as possible out of the honest taxpayer. Former Defence Secretary Geoffrey Hoon, now Transport Secretary in Gordon Brown's laughable Government is the latest money grabbing snake to be uncovered.
For a period of 3 1/2 years Hoon lived rent free in the central London plush Admiralty House (once the home of Winston Churchill). Living in Admiralty House gave Hoon the opportunity to rent out his own London home (why couldn't he live in that?) and make good money on it and, at the same time claim over £70000 for a second home in his constituency of Derby.
That is mad!! To top it all off, when he moved jobs and lost his free 5 star accommodation, Hoon bought a new £635000 London home, changed his main residence address just so the tax payer could pay his mortgage - and provide a home to one of his sons. Hoon's own property portfolio is estimated to be worth £1.3 million - does he really need our money to subsidise his life style?
If this could be worse then how about the new tax law passed by MPs where they totally avoid paying taxes on their over generous allowances. If it wasn't true it really would be a joke.
When will this government learn? This looks even worse than usual with so many honest, hard working people losing their homes during the credit crunch!! Maybe they should tighten their own belts and try to survive on their pop star wages!