Lord Hanningfield, who was jailed for expenses fraud, has defended regularly "clocking in" to claim a £300 daily attendance allowance despite spending less than 40 minutes inside the House of Lords.Yes. Him again. He really is his own worst enemy, isn’t he?
Confronted about the claims by the newspaper, Lord Hanningfield said: "Lots of peers go in and check in for their expenses, but they are using their expenses for a lot of things, entertaining, meeting people, employing people."
He added: "Clocking in and out of Parliament is only part of being a peer."
"By the time I have people at home to help, time I have people in the House of Lords to help me, I spend something like £150 a day on expenses, so I don't really make any profit."*grinds teeth*
He said: "I have to live, don't I? I don't do anything else. How do you think I am going to eat, how am I going to pay my electricity bills? "Get a job?
He told the newspaper: "I can name 50 that do it. I see the same people go in and out as I do. I don't want to be persecuted."Ah, yes. The ever reliable ‘Everyone else does it!’ excuse.
"Being a lord is not just going in the House of Lords. It's the post you have. I have 15 letters a day, I have all sorts of things like that," Lord Hanningfield said.15 letters!?
Since October, he said, he had "dramatically" upped his contributions in the Lords - speaking twice and attending committees.Oh, you poor soul! You must be just exhausted…
"Let me explain again…"What do you mean, ‘again’? You haven’t managed it yet!
"… I was trying to get myself organised after a nervous breakdown, a traumatic period."Ah. Of course. The final resort of the modern-day scoundrel... :/