Certainly The Guardian has shortcomings but it is only fair to give credit where credit is due. Allegra Stratton managed to interview James Purnell while he tried to sound deep, thoughtful, caring and ensure a continuing high profile career (d’you think he’s signed to Portillo’s agents?), without ever once breaking down and repeatedly punching him very hard in his lying smug face. So well done Allegra!

PS. Amount Purnell thinks people can live on while being harassed to find jobs that do not exist- £64.30 (over 25 mind, young un’s get by on 50 quid)

Amount he claimed in just one expenses receipt… for fridge magnets- £250, overall expenses claim average of £1,506 a month (in addition to Ministerial salary of £64,766, and as a Cabinet Minister with entitlements he did get £144,520).


6 Responses to “Restraint”

  1. earwicga Says:

    James Purnell is one more crappy drop of the shower of shit that NL have turned out to be.

  2. earwicga Says:

    Just looked at the Jobcentre Plus link and was very surprised to find:
    Lone parents (aged under 18): £50.95

    Lone parents (aged 18 or over): £64.30


  3. RickB Says:

    I’m not sure what their stated reasons are but I always understood it as a simple dislike for the young ‘who had yet to earn a place in society’. It also compounds parental power and ‘family’ so that might also be the angle, like when the Tories removed benefits from under 18’s which saw massive homelessness or teens forced to stay in abusive homes. I remember the year they did that a tory minister came on Children in Need to present some kind of charity award, that shit should get on youtube.

  4. otto Says:

    Gotta love fridge magnets

  5. otto Says:

    Back in the early 1990s there was an Argentine senate guy who claimed U$15,000, and the line item was “prostitutes”. When it hit the airwaves he was asked whether it was some charitable work or something and he replied “no, it was for my use of prostitutes. I’m single, i work long hours and don’t have time for a relationship” (paraphrasing via Spanish and memory, but that was basically it).

    He got it approved, too.

    But you kinda expect it from South America, dontcha?

  6. RickB Says:

    Hey, I remember that guy, what a liar, that might be what he said the money was for but he never paid me!

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