Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

miss_s_b: Peter Falk as Columbo saying "just one more thing" (Mood: And another thing)
So, the MPs expenses thing is back in the news, and we are all gnashing our teeth and the MPs are putting on their hair shirts... I thought I'd just take a straw poll. Do feel free to tell your friends to come and vote too, if you like. Please note that ticky boxes are enabled, so you can pick as many answers as you like.

Poll #1458 MPs expenses
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 19

What is it reasonable for an MP to be able to claim expenses for?

Travel from constituency to London and back
18 (94.7%)

travel within London
14 (73.7%)

travel within constituency
15 (78.9%)

a room to stay in if they come from outside London
17 (89.5%)

a complete second home in London if they come from outside London
5 (26.3%)

renovation of homes or offices
4 (21.1%)

cleaning services for their office
18 (94.7%)

cleaning services for their home(s)
1 (5.3%)

phone bills and postage for dealing with constituents etc.
18 (94.7%)

all phone bills and postage
0 (0.0%)

staff to deal with mail and phone calls
17 (89.5%)

website building and maintenance
16 (84.2%)

food
7 (36.8%)

entertaining dignitaries etc.
15 (78.9%)

entertaining dignitaries etc. with ferrero rocher
5 (26.3%)

upkeep on an inherited ancestral pile which would have been theirs were they an MP or not
0 (0.0%)

Duck houses
0 (0.0%)

anything at all
1 (5.3%)

What is it UNreasonable for an MP to be able to claim expenses for?

Travel from constituency to London and back
0 (0.0%)

travel within London
1 (5.3%)

travel within constituency
0 (0.0%)

a room to stay in if they come from outside London
0 (0.0%)

a complete second home in London if they come from outside London
6 (31.6%)

renovation of homes or offices
6 (31.6%)

cleaning services for their office
0 (0.0%)

cleaning services for their home(s)
13 (68.4%)

phone bills and postage for dealing with constituents etc.
0 (0.0%)

all phone bills and postage
13 (68.4%)

staff to deal with mail and phone calls
0 (0.0%)

website building and maintenance
0 (0.0%)

food
7 (36.8%)

entertaining dignitaries etc.
1 (5.3%)

entertaining dignitaries etc. with ferrero rocher
11 (57.9%)

upkeep on an inherited ancestral pile which would have been theirs were they an MP or not
17 (89.5%)

Duck houses
18 (94.7%)

anything at all
1 (5.3%)





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miss_s_b: (geekiness)
Yeah, yeah, so Carter Ruck are the real world equivalent of Wolfram and Hart and Trafigura are evil waste-dumping murderers (if you have no idea what this is about go see Justin's excellent, and link-filled, summary here) but there are more important things in this world than a few thousand people dying in agony or being permanently disabled from toxic waste poisoning and an evil law firm preventing the Guardian from talking about it!

Firstly, look at this trailer for the new series of SJA! LOOK AT IT! Shinyshiny sci-fi!



Secondly Mitch Benn AND Brian Blessed AND Rock Wankman in one radio show? OH YES!

Thirdly, CYBORG INSECTS!!

I'm sure we can all agree that these things are far more important than the calculated murder of a bunch of people who, when all is said and done, were poor and African and therefore don't matter. So can we talk about something else, please? Because our work here is done - although I note we're getting no credit from the Graun.



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miss_s_b: Peter Falk as Columbo saying "just one more thing" (Mood: And another thing)
This is just a thought, but since not many of us had heard of Trafigura before last night, it's entirely possible that we are all financially supporting their disgusting behaviour without even knowing. Would it be possible to compile a list of all the products they make a profit out of, kind of like the Nestle List, and then those who want to boycott can?

I'll edit in here the ones people tell me.

British Lions rugby team h/t Andy Hinton.
ING, Lloyds TSB and Royal Bank of Scotland banks (along with many more) h/t [personal profile] rhythmaning
Various international energy and mining companies also h/t [personal profile] rhythmaning

(Unity, I figure this kind of in-depth research is more your bag than mine...)



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miss_s_b: (Pie)
... so we used up the remains of the last one tonight. Because I have been having ARGH BAD BACK we hadn't used much of it at all. So tonight's tea was a medley of roast vegetables (carrots, parsnips, beetroot and potatoes) with mashed butternut squash. Then I ran the apples and grapes through the juicer and we're having juice and gin for pudding.

I totally had my five a day today :D

Veg box is something that might at first seem something of a luxury, given our limited budget, but it has actually reduced our food spending enormously - principally because we're guilted out of buying ready meals and stuff by the fact that we have a big pile of veg that'll go off if we don't use it. Those of you who have known me for a while will know that I used to get my veg from Farmaround North. I recently switched to Organics To You - partly because they were cheaper but also because they are more local - and have found them to be excellent. Neil is totally unfazed by being faced by me in my dressing gown and a grumpy expression of a Wednesday morning, and all of the produce so far has been of top notch quality - tasty and surprisingly long-lasting for organic stuff - and we get reasonable quantities for the price we're paying.

I'd totally recommend Organics to You for anyone who is in their delivery area, but if you're a bit further afield Farmaround were always pretty good (and deliver in London as well as Yorkshire).



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