Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Bring on the Robinsons!

Surely tonight will be the night that the Telegraph finally gets round to Mr and Mrs Robinson...surely? The Belfast Telegraph (no relation) report that dear Peter and Iris get £572,000 in salaries and expenses a year. And look at this for keeping it in the family:

Mr Robinson employs daughter Rebekah as office manager and private secretary, while son Gareth is his parliamentary assistant. Mrs Robinson employs son Jonathan as office manager, and daughter-in-law Ellen Robinson as part-time secretary. Though paid for by the taxpayer none of these jobs are open to tender or public competition. Yes, there used to be perfectly legitimate reasons why a public representative here would employ a family relative — because otherwise they could end up dead.
But, we've had ‘peace' now for over a decade and it's time for a change. It's hard to think of any other sphere of life where public money can be spent with little or no accountability.

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