PAYING FOR PARANOIA: Fearful Follett costs us £25k

May 9, 2009

Of all the dumb and generally piss-taking MP’s expenses claims that have come to light over the last few days the saddest and most delusional has to be Babara Follet’s £25 thousand pound ‘security’ claim. It seems that Mrs Follett fears for her personal safety because she believes she has one of the most dangerous, sensitive and important ministerial roles in parliament – she is non other than the MINISTER FOR TOURISM!

We may mock, but anyone who has been on a political demonstration will have heard the familiar chants of “Tourists, tourists, out, out, out!” or “No! No! No! We won’t take your picture!” – it’s terrifying stuff. Maybe Follet has a point, maybe she really does need guarding from the masses (even though the majority of ‘the masses’ haven’t even heard of her), but it’s not like she can’t afford her own security – she’s married to pulp writer, Ken Follett, who happens to be one of the richest MPs in parliament!

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Follett, delusional.

At least, for some MPs in trully high powered positions, security may be deemed a legitimate expense, unlike immigration minister, Phil Woolas’s claims for women’s clothing 🙂

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Woolas, desireable.

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One Response to “PAYING FOR PARANOIA: Fearful Follett costs us £25k”

  1. Down with politicians!

    1ST OXFORD WORKING CLASS BOOKFAIR
    Saturday 20 June, 11 am – 6 pm
    Ruskin College, Walton Street, Oxford
    http://www.oxfordworkingclassbookfair.blogspot.com
    oxfordworkingclassbookfair@googlemail.com

    We cordially invite YOU to visit the 1st ever OXFORD WORKING CLASS BOOKFAIR! There will be books, talks, workshops, short films and more books and magazines . . .

    We plan to recover/reclaim some of the hidden history of Oxford, with its gallery of rogues, rebels and revolutionaries, to touch upon some topics of contemporary relevance to the man & woman on the street today, provide quality entertainment, discuss the big issues past and present & hopefully have a real good time to boot! – All in a relaxed and warm atmosphere!

    The range of local groups invited includes; political groups, Trade Unions, community groups, campaign groups, booksellers and history societies. If you would like to have a stall email us at the address above!

    The event will include a commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the 1909 RUSKIN COLLEGE STUDENT STRIKE, a pioneering student uprising for independent working class education, that saw students breakaway to form a radical education and self-help networks based on an alternative progressive view of what education could be. They argued that it wasn’t enough for the working class to have limited extended access to higer education, but rather that they needed a fundamentally different kind of education, curriculum & pedagogy to meet their needs and the needs of the class. They were involved in the PLEBS LEAGUE (a grassroots education iniative) and set up an anti-capitalist education network of CENTRAL LABOUR COLLEGES, many of the leaders of the student uprising were miners and trade unionists who went on to be authors of THE MINERS NEXT STEP, a classic text of rank & file trade unionism and syndicalism.

    Along the way, we will learn the story of the RED SHIRTS, a group set up at Ruskin College to sabotage the attempts of Oswald Mosely’s fascist BLACK SHIRTS to get a base in 1930s Oxford & consider how we fight against fascism & racism today. There will also be sessions on culture, trade union & labour history, feminism/women’s liberation, ecology & climate, war & empire etc. More information about speakers, events and other happenings planned will appear on our page shortly – watch this space! Sponsors include the local I.W.W and trade unionists.

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