Bullingdon Britain: Where Political Looters And Paedophiles Escape And Rioters Are Made To Pay
NICHOLAS Robinson was handed a 6 months’ prison sentence for rioting. He admitted to being “ashamed of his actions“. The water retails at £3.50. Anderson Fernandes, 21, stole two scoops of ice-cream in a cone and handling a stolen vacuum cleaner. He was given a 16-months prison sentence.
Around that time, Lord Hanningfield was relieved from prison, where he served 9 week of a 9 months sentence for nicking £14,000 in a a fraudulent parliamentary expenses. Says Hanningfield: “I did nothing wrong.”
This kind of thing is rife (do write in with your own examples or money in low places):
COUNCIL chief executive Steve Robinson received an extra £13,000 for acting as returning officer at last year’s General Election, despite a fiasco which saw voters denied their right to vote… The council’s accounts show Mr Robinson’s benefits in kind, including his car allowance, rose from £1,000 to £2,000 last year and his employer’s pension contribution rose from £37,000 to £40,000 resulting in an overall £17,000 rise in his financial package of £235,000 compared to the previous year. – Ellesmere Port Pioneer
ALMOST £6m of taxpayers’ cash has been given to workers volunteering to quit a doomed regional quango. One boss at the soon-to-be axed South East England Development Agency (Seeda) received a half-a-million-pound payoff for leaving the discredited Hampshire taxpayer-funded body. Campaigners have reacted angrily to the revelation that a total of £5.7m of public money has so far been used to pay off 111 workers at the organisation. – Daily Echo
The Only Way Is Essex:
OUTRAGED taxpayers have launched a campaign to cut the salary of Essex County Council’s top boss. Chief executive Joanna Killian was paid £289,173 in 2010/11 – £147,000 more than the Prime Minister. Despite agreeing to take a five per cent salary cut last year, her actual pay package increased by £4,000, thanks to a £6,900 bonus. – The Echo
According to the Cabinet Office list, Tony Fountain, the chief executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, is the country’s highest-paid quango boss with a pay package of more than £520,000, comprising a basic salary of £365,000, a second home allowance of £85,937 and pension payments of £70,810.
But the quango’s annual accounts disclose that the former BP executive also received a performance bonus of £146,000 and additional payments of almost £9,000, bringing his total pay to more than £675,000. – Telegraph
Some may seem comparative small fry, such as the former Camden councillor given a suspended 28-day sentence for claiming £12,000 incapacity benefits while he was pocketing £26,000 expenses from the council,
Looking After Your Own:
A former mayor escaped jail today after being convicted of possessing and distributing child pornography. Stewart Brown, 60, admitted 21 offences of possessing indecent images of children and one of distributing pictures. At Leeds Crown Court today he was given a nine-month prison sentence which was suspended for two years. In 2006 he was mayor of Hebden Royd in West Yorkshire and was also a Labour councillor on Calderdale Council, the court heard. At a hearing in July, Brown, of Nutclough, Hebden Bridge, admitted all the charges, some of which were said to relate to images of girls as young as three. – Yorkshire Evening Post
A RESPECTED former West Lancashire council officer who watched “disgraceful, disgusting and appalling” child porn videos has been spared jail. David Carter, an ex-borough council planning officer, was told by a judge on Tuesday that he must have a “twisted mind” to have gained sexual pleasure from such obscene footage…Judge Brown sentenced Carter to a three-year community order with supervision and ordered him to attend the Sex Offenders’ Programme run from Northumbria. – OS Advertiser
The Judge Gets Off:
David Selwood, the resident senior judge at Portsmouth Crown Court until the images were discovered by police, was sentenced to a 12-month community rehabilitation order. – Telegraph
A former council head of legal services who admitted downloading images of child sex abuse has been spared jail. Andrew Laycock, of Hertford, previously pleaded guilty to possessing more than 5,700 indecent images and 17 counts of making indecent images of children. At St Albans Crown Court, Judge Andrew Bright QC sentenced the 58-year-old retired Hertfordshire County Council officer to 26 weeks in prison.
Giving him credit for his plea, he suspended the sentence for two years. – BBC
A 22-year-old man handed himself in to police after looting an Adidas shop amid scenes of violence and disorder earlier this month because “his conscience got the better of him”.
Leonard Stephens, of Milner Court, St Andrew’s Road in Birmingham’s Bordesley Village, took himself to a police station not long after he stole items from an Adidas store even though he encountered police at the scene who let him go. Judge Inman handed Stephens an 18-month prison sentence at Birmingham Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to one count of burglary at the city’s magistrates’ court earlier this month. – PA
Up Is The New Down
Despite taking a five per cent pay cut last year, Cornwall Council chief executive Kevin Lavery managed to take home an extra £6,500 in his wages last year. Figures released this week show that his pay and benefits package rose from £238,800 in 2009/10 to £245,342 in 2010/11. – Falmouth Packet
Liberal Democrat Christopher Basson, 54, was sentenced to 28 days in jail, suspended for 12 months, and placed under a three-month curfew after claiming nearly £12,000 in benefits to which he was not he was not entitled to. – This IsLondon
Such is life in Bullingdon Britain…