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Offline Richard Symonds

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Justin Tomlinson Letter to the Adver
« on: November 18, 2010, 01:07:17 PM »
I thought readers would like to read the following letter in today's adver

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/yoursay/swindonletters/8668788.Letter_from_Justin_Tomlinson_MP/

AFTER Reading the letter from Dr John Forster-Heatlie (November 9), I was delighted to have the opportunity to discuss the issues raised with Dr Forster-Heatlie directly.

Firstly, I was asked on behalf of a resident to confirm the MOD travel expenses, for which the figures - like any Government expenditure - are regularly reviewed. Myself and my colleague Robert Buckland MP are often given suggestions for how taxpayers’ money can be saved, and we will always endeavour to forward these on to the relevant departments for consideration. I am delighted that Dr Forster-Heatlie will be bringing forward his own suggestions.

Secondly, in relation to my own travel expenses, I can confirm that I travel by train between Swindon and London once a week on a Super Saver Return ticket costing £39.80. I do not claim for first class travel, petrol or taxis, or nor will I claim for travel within Swindon or London. Following on from the expenses scandal which blighted all politicians, I also will not claim for food or mobile phone expenses.

The decision to share offices and staff with Robert Buckland MP means further significant savings are being made. Politicians have a long way to go to restore trust with the public; for my part, I will do my best always to treat taxpayers’ money with the same respect as I would my own.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON MP

Conservative, North Swindon

Milton Road

I just loved the following bit..

"Myself and my colleague Robert Buckland MP are often given suggestions for how taxpayers’ money can be saved, and we will always endeavour to forward these on to the relevant departments for consideration."

I do hope that our illustrious MP for Swindon North is never given the Education Portfolio, his grammar is atrocious.  Where on earth was he educated?



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Re: Justin Tomlinson Letter to the Adver
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2010, 01:50:02 PM »
Never mind his grammar at least the bloke can string two words together.

My concern is that in an effort to be seen as a reasonable person, he may have gone too far in what he is not claiming.

What we don't want him doing at some point in the future, thinking we are all ungrateful so and so's because it cost him - personally - so much. 

The next person to do the job may not havea personal fortune or be so young and agile.



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Re: Justin Tomlinson Letter to the Adver
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2010, 02:02:50 PM »
I know how he can save money, that's for another post. I think the big thing justin needs to look into is where did the millions of pounds of developers contributions to SBC go to?
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2010, 02:17:05 PM »
At least we know where Justin stands on this very sensitive issue.  In todays daily 'rags' we read of a 'great success for democracy' - a Labour MP (PPS to Harriet Harman), using the somewhat archane expedient of shouting 'object' druing the reading of a bill; managed to ensure the names of all those MP's who 'fiddled' their expenses but quietly re-paid them, will never be named and shamed. We will never know who they were - is that right and proper?  Shame on Labour and double shame on Ms Harman who prides herself on standing up for equality - other than in this case!

Oh and before someone tells me it wasn't actually Ms Harman who did the shouting, let's be clear that her PPS doesn't so much as break wind without her knowing and possibly giving her consent.

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Re: Justin Tomlinson Letter to the Adver
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2010, 06:56:41 PM »
Never mind his grammar at least the bloke can string two words together.


Well Muggins I am glad to see you recognise the important aspects of being an MP, but surely the proof of the pudding is in the eating as they say and to date the boy protesteth too much, not of what he is doing but that which he is not doing.  If he were my MP I would want to see some serious action.

I hope he is at Isambard tonight and will break some more encouraging news to endorse his 'action man' image!
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Re: Justin Tomlinson Letter to the Adver
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2010, 07:33:52 PM »
Des, in all this current mud slinging, its nice to see you noticed that bit of horse play as well, I thought I was the only one but didnt go to print as some 'expert' Im sure would have put it down to D Mail rubbish........ :knuppel2:

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Re: Justin Tomlinson Letter to the Adver Publishes Accounts?
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2010, 07:57:23 AM »
Publishing and writing about his expenses as he promised is  O0 When will he do the same with the North and South Swindon accounts, which are I think a couple of years overdue?  :popcorn:
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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2010, 08:18:59 AM »
I wonder if those accounts will show what happened to the money given by Tesco,  about 6 years ago, this money had to be given, in exchange for the permission to knockdown the old Wills social club and the then extension of the Tesco store, which in the course of time came to nothing more than a bigger car park, but the money, to be used to refurbish the shops in Gorsehill has never been seen..

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« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2010, 08:32:52 AM »
Has Justin published the accounts for the william pitt club yet?
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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2010, 08:35:25 AM »
I wonder if those accounts will show what happened to the money given by Tesco,  about 6 years ago, this money had to be given, in exchange for the permission to knockdown the old Wills social club and the then extension of the Tesco store, which in the course of time came to nothing more than a bigger car park, but the money, to be used to refurbish the shops in Gorsehill has never been seen..

Perhaps whilst you are asking that question you can ask what happened to the monies from Haydon 1,2 & 3. Cllr Tomlinson now the MP ask him does he know he represented the area for 10 years? (You were quick enough to contact cllr Martin recently, over the Kent question do the same now.) Read the FOI on TS and then copy it placing the word Tesco money in there instead of Haydon, I am sure you will get an answer to your FOI question, using what do they know.
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Re: Justin Tomlinson Letter to the Adver
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2010, 09:25:20 PM »
"Myself and my colleague Robert Buckland MP are often given suggestions for how taxpayers’ money can be saved, and we will always endeavour to forward these on to the relevant departments for consideration."


How come there is two of them doing one person's job then. Everybody else who has hung onto their job is getting used to 1 person doing 2 persons jobs.

We are all in this together. Yes indeedy.
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« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2010, 08:09:35 AM »
Mart

Justin Tomlinson MP & Robert Buckland MP must share somethings, for example  one  town, which is divided between the pair of them and one conservative association.  I think they may also be sharing offices and staff? I believe both are also members of associated with the William Pitt Club? It may not be unreasonable to think that they are almost certainly likely to have shared  between them some of the funds raised by events and promotions they have held and  maybe any donations from supporters that contributed towards their election campaign expenses that finally got both of them elected?
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Re: Justin Tomlinson Letter to the Adver
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2010, 09:42:12 AM »
And a shared political ideology.

So why have 2 clones (send on the clones, there are to be clones)? Lets dump one and save the country £200k a year, probably more if you lump in pensions etc We can't afford a single person in many roles we thought previously indispensible, and many teams we thought could not operate below a certain level of manning now in fact scrape along at a fraction of their previous numbers.

Every supporting function of government is being slashed, probably correctly in some cases, probably not so in others, most of us have been, are, or will be on nodding terms with redundancy, pay freezes and pay cuts so why should such an obviously expensive body of debatable efficiency amble on sublimely unaffected?

We are, as I am fed up reminding people, all in this together.

Do your MP's cost in?
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Re: Justin Tomlinson Letter to the Adver
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2010, 11:51:38 AM »
With all this sharing is one of the dynamic duo redundant?

The question is which one?

Robert Buckland or Justine Tomlinson?
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« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2010, 12:00:05 PM »
Mart, I thought that at present there is a bill doing the rounds which supports the idea of electorial change in so much as who represents who and the need for so many MPs is reduced to cut costs, No surprise that Labour put the oar in and said no to it, Towns like Swindon could than revert to a one MP town and others to follow, and perhaps Ringer will tell us how much was provided for funds to the prospective two Labour MPs election trail and how that was spent and by whom it came from.
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« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2010, 08:34:20 PM »
I think you are right, somewhere there is a paper, or sumfink, that says we are over represented.

I'd agree in terms of numbers, but argue in terms of opinion.

Fact is we end up with one of three strains of feckin idiot who push their party line, full feckin stop. And we are excess one feckin idiot.

If we had true representation we would have the death penalty, closed shops on Sundays and a dearth of Polish plumbers. Might not be right, but that's what we would have. Perhaps we should have what we want, it might make us better people.

I really fail to see the point of voting for people who promise the earth prior to elections then slip into the con=mfy old rut of party rules, we are governed top down and not bottom up whatever claims are made about open government and similar bollocks.

There will be no democracy until the first head is severed, dipped in pitch and plonked on a conspicuous bridge.

I won't hold me breath.
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« Reply #16 on: November 20, 2010, 11:11:51 PM »
Mart, the idiots have broken into the allotment site again tonight, about 5 sheds opened up and a dumper truck and mechanical digger on the other side of the fence set on fire, and they say this is a nice place to live with morons about like this..
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« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2010, 09:50:23 AM »
Mart, the idiots have broken into the allotment site again tonight, about 5 sheds opened up and a dumper truck and mechanical digger on the other side of the fence set on fire, and they say this is a nice place to live with morons about like this..
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Complain to your MP about it, I am sure they will assist you.
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Re: Justin Tomlinson Letter to the Adver
« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2010, 11:35:27 AM »
I am saddened to hear this as people love their allotments, when I was a child I enjoyed going down to the allotments and chatting to the old boys who all seemed to have their favourite chair there. I am sure they got out of their homes for some peace and quiet. Much wisdom was handed out along with tea and butties.
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« Reply #19 on: November 21, 2010, 01:42:03 PM »
I might just stick with no shed.

What I just fail to understand is the why of it, it seems to be if I can't have it neither can you, even if I don't want it.

You can stick your liberal educative approach, conspicious punitive action is all that will work, catch them, name them, shame them and punish them out of all proportion to the crime, by today's standards anyway.

The restorative effect of self indulgent vengeance should not be underestimated, it is much healthier than pent up rage and frustration.

Bet they were all under 21, male, local, pissed and not in full time employment. There's a provocative generalisation for you, anyone care to take that wager?

They will all own a baseball cap and at least one will be named after a soap character.
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