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Should a prime minister have personal holidays paid for?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by VincentHanna, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. VincentHanna

    Capodecina

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    Or any MP for that matter?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-51482220

    First off, I think this is dodgy as hell.

    Man of the people Boris Johnson has an estimated net worth of £1.6 million. Why does he need a businessman to pay £15k for accommodation? What does the businessman get out of this?

    Am I being nieve/stupid? Or should there be laws in place against this sort of thing?
     
  2. robfosters

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    I’d rather a rich businessman pays for it than us, like we do with the royal families holidays.
     
  3. Jokester

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    I can't see how this is legal, it surely falls foul of the Anti Corruption & Bribery laws now a day.
     
  4. Efour

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    Not really he should pay from his "wages" for his own holiday.
    Then all the security costs.... Its a bit of a nightmare tbh.
    Its no different than the client taking the customer out to the strip club for drinks the day before they sign the contract though! :p
     
  5. robfosters

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    Tony Blair accepted free holidays from foreign governments. That’s even more dodgy imo.
     
  6. stockhausen

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    Berlusconi I believe?

    In fairness, grateful political party supporters have to have some means of giving bungs.
     
  7. robfosters

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  8. stockhausen

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    Oh, absolutely; a footballer scores an "own goal", a jockey "pulls up" his mount, who could possibly object ;)
     
  9. omnomnom

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    No.

    Next question.
     
  10. flea.rider

    Hitman

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    it's the world we live in .. company's pay millions in an attempt to pass a law .. or steer one ..
    why not go to the front of the que ..
    yes it's wrong but how the f**k can the likes of you and me stop it ?
     
  11. robfosters

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    We can’t, it’s wrong, but as you say, that’s the way of the world today.

    But don’t demonise one man for it as though he’s the worlds worst offender, when it’s been going on for decades the world over.
     
  12. flea.rider

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    to true ..
    but as the government is now like a company (of thieves ) then they will get the kickbacks like any other
    and there is nothing the middle class can do .. never mind the poor
     
  13. Eurofighter

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    Seems like a bribe to me.
     
  14. robfosters

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    A bribe for what though?
     
  15. flea.rider

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    ohhhh that's to be settled later
     
  16. Apex

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    Personally I don't mind tax paying for a pm holiday, just as I don't mind increasing the pm wage by doubling it. Not that I'd want it to happen for boris, but personally I think what a pm gets is too low.
     
  17. flea.rider

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    lol the reason they take the job is for the kick backs .. 200k for a dinner speech 500k for them to sign this ,,
    look at blair .. skint before he moved in .. worth millions after he moved out ..
    you do more than 3 yrs you into tha m.o.n.e.y
     
  18. robfosters

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    I’ve always thought that. Not just because it’s Boris, I’ve been saying it even when people I didn’t like were in power. The PM’s salary is ridiculous for their position. Some civil servants earn more.
     
  19. Terminal_Boy

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    Nope, because there’s no such thing as a free lunch, or in this case a free holiday.
     
  20. Stumble Bum

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    Who cares? David Ross has given lots to the Tory party over the years, he's given David Cameron plenty of things in the past as well.

    Who are you to say who a multi millionaire can or can't give his money to?

    If someone wants to give Boris a free holiday because they're absolutely loaded then who cares.

    Welcome to how some people live their lives.