Tuesday 25 March 2014


Of the 31 ministers of the UK government none is from Northern Ireland; 1 is from Wales and 2 are from Scotland.  This means that 28 are from England.
No less than 20 (nearly 2/3) are from an area within commuting distance of London.

1. Culture secretary: Maria Miller (Basingstoke)
2. English Education secretary: Michael Gove (Surrey Heath)
3. English Health secretary: Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey)
4. Cabinet office minister: Francis Maude (Horsham)
5. Minister for cities: Greg Clark (Royal Tunbridge Wells)
6. Energy secretary: Ed Davey (Sutton)
7. Justice secretary: Chris Grayling (Epsom)
8. International development secretary: Justine Greening (Putney)
9. Business secretary: Vince Cable (Teddington)
10. Defence secretary: Philip Hammond (Runnymede)
11. Home secretary: Theresa May (Maidenhead)
12. Attorney general: Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield)
13. Northern Ireland secretary: Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet)
14. Work and pensions secretary: Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford)
15. Communities secretary: Eric Pickles (Brentwood)
16. Minister without portfolio: Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield)
17. Leader of the Commons: Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire)
18. Universities minister: David Willetts (Havant)
19. Chief whip: Sir George Young (NW Hampshire)
20. Prime Minister: David Cameron (Witney)


  1. Not to mention the 800 or so Lords from the House of Lords who receive, £300 per day just for showing up, now x that 5 days a week x that by 4 for 20 days a month, and x that by 10 months, I'm giving them their customary 2 months paid holidays, and it comes to Hmmm! I've ran out of fingers, I'll leave you to add it up, as you seem a clever sort of person.

    Anyway its a heck of a lot money, and this doesn't even include their subsidised canteen, Ooops! now I've ran out of toes to count as well.

  2. It's a lot of money. To be honest it's difficult to get a definitive figure for the costs; even the Treasury didn't seem to know.

    But at £300+ a day (no tax) and with staff to pay, on average peers may cost between £130-£150,000 for each one of them per annum, and since Cameron and +Clegg went absolutely wild appointing them like mad, there are now over 900 of them (the second largest house of parliament in the world).

    Apparently this set of half wits came in with a promise to reduce the cost of politics and to take down the number of peers... so it figures, given their record on everything else, that the cost went up as did the number of scroungers benefiting.

    The benefit scroungers, some of whom spend less than 10 minutes in the place to get their £300, also get subsidised meals and drink and the services of flunkies bowing and scraping and calling them "my lord" or your grace" or some other half brained names from antiquity.

    Not one of them has any legitimacy.

    We must be the laughing stock of the intelligent world, although there are, I suppose, people who think that this piece of living ruritania is just so cute.

    One of the great things about independence is that we will no longer be required to pay benefits to these skivers and scroungers.

  3. tris

    Tell us something we dont know !!!!!

    A friends daughter and husband have bought a house
    a very small two bedroomed terrace in outer london,,,
    at a cost of £420000....FFS
    its London which should be made to be independent.

    1. They got a bargain, Niko.

      But they will be quids in. Prices are rocketing again. At least after the 20/30s crash they left it 80+ years before they did it all over.

      But yes, London is to a certain extent a separate country with an entuirely different lifestyle.

      God help the poor there. imagine being on minimum wage and trying to eek out an existence in London or its environs. The rent might be 4 or 5 times you wage.

      So, no wonder we have a social security problem...

      I'm not sure why they don't see any of this.

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    1. I'd say that what Kermit has done wrong is to chose very unsuitable and unsavoury company.

      I'd keep my paw (? what do frogs have?) on my wallet and not believe anything they say!

  5. There used to be so many jokes about Kermit's relationship with pigs...

    Interesting stuff.


    Also the wee stramash about the Clockwork Orange and WoS advert should be fun.

  6. Yes... well, pigs are fine. I never would ahve had a problem with Kermit and Miss Piggy, but I do take issue with him mixing in that company...

    As my father used to say... "...and the pig got up, and slowly walked away"

    Yes. Interesting article. I think the BBC in Scotland is damaged beyond repair, and of course part of the licence fees goes to the independent companies to pay for their obligatory news programmes and they have been found, if not equally wanting, at least still wanting.

    If we win, of course they will go; if we loose they may find that collecting the licence fee will soak up most of the unemployment in the country as Crapita will need 250,000 new agents to be knocking on people's doors and being told to ...erm...go away.

    I'm very angry about this Wings ad. They've gone too far. Still Stu's the wrong man to pick a fight with. They may live to regret it.