Sometimes a political career ends due to matters the politician cannot control.
Sometimes a political career ends because the politician makes a huge mistake and has neither the intelligence nor wit to change their course.
Fifteen members of Scottish Parliament claimed Remembrance Day wreaths on expensesA shocking headline betraying the shear unadulterated greed of the 15 concerned, and complete lack of respect to their constituents, the veterans and families of the armed forces, and to those who gave their lives in the services.
Everyone of them should have the to repay the claim and apologise to the electorate.
But will they? Not if this quote is anything to go by:-
Alasdair Allan, SNP Western Isles MSP, said it was 'not fair' to criticise his decision to claim the money on expenses, adding: 'No, I won't be returning the money.'He is in the highest 5% of earners in the UK and he doesn't think it is right to pay for a wreath. Such stupidity, arrogance and greed seems all too prevalent amongst those politicians who are caught making stupid claims - witness Anthony Steen's defence that the public were just jealous of his wealth. They forget the public service element of public service, but never forget the opportunity for personal enrichment.
But then, this is what an SNP Spokesman said:-
'Members lay wreaths in their official capacity on behalf of the Scottish Parliament,' she said.'As the Parliament supports Poppy Scotland the cost can be met from Parliament resources and it is for each elected member to determine if they wish to reclaim the cost.'
Unbelievable. Utterly unbelievable.
We are told, repeatedly, that Westminster should follow the example of Holyrood over expenses. Now you know why.
They are all taking the piss - and then putting it on expenses.