A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Politicians in glass houses

Tory MP David Ruffley says the police shouldn't have second jobs.

But he doesn't practice what he preaches, as the register of interests reveals he has second jobs worth up to £80k a year:

"RUFFLEY, David (Bury St. Edmunds)
2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Adviser on economic affairs to Lotus Asset Management (with effect from 26 May 2005). (£15,001-£20,000)
Adviser to Dentons Pension Management Ltd, giving general strategic business advice. (£25,001-£30,000)
Adviser to Partnership Group Holdings Limited, giving strategic business advice (with effect from 19 April 2007). (£25,001-£30,000)"


Blogger Miller 2.0 said...


5:28 pm, January 16, 2009

Anonymous Arnold said...

More Tory hypocrisy.

5:38 pm, January 16, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought you had two jobs Luke. Your point. How many defence companies pay Mr Ruffley?

7:46 pm, January 16, 2009

Anonymous Rich said...

Do MP's actually work. Does having a second job make any difference?

I can't see how the police could find the time to work another job. Three shifts, compulsory overtime...etc etc.

9:02 pm, January 16, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cons move to 13% lead over Labour, according to Sunday Times poll.

7:15 pm, January 17, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, it is now an official Labour election strategy: something has gotta turn up.

7:18 pm, January 17, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comres in Indy confirms earlier poll.

Do something, Luke.

12:46 am, January 18, 2009

Blogger Mark Still News said...

Mandy had a second job buying and selling homes-same as blair look at the money he earned out of the unsustainable boom, by buying and selling expencive property in Izz?

We all know the tories are a bunch of crooks, but look at NLP, the ministers have capitalised out of astronomical housing inflation and have bought and sold just at the right time-makes youy wonder?

1:18 am, January 18, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Unsustainable boom"

Aren't you listening?

No more boom and bust.

2:27 pm, January 18, 2009

Anonymous Shambolic said...

Well said Luke. To paraphrase Haigh, Outside interests can make for a more effective police officer too. I didn't trust any coppers until I met one who was appointed as my sports coach (I didn't know he was a copper at first). Apparently one problem with a lot of coppers is they only get to mix with themselves ... and crooks and victims. It colours their world and they develop a very cynical viewpoint. I think my coach/copper got a lot out of working in a second field (I certainly did).

By the way Luke, we are still awaiting your comment regarding this political issue in Hackney. Surely, you hold an opinion?

4:07 pm, January 18, 2009

Anonymous Rich said...

I the property market is starting to move again, surely it is still too expensive for first time buyers. I'm looking at what I would consider a ideal house for a couple looking to start a life together in my area and it is still way in excess of £100,000. This might seem cheap for you lot in London but up here the majority of people don't earn above £20,000 pa. So a combined income of £35,000 still doesn't buy you a house.

Margaret Beckett has been trying to get first time buyers to rush and buy before the next property boom. But I think this is just creating yet another problem for the future.


Either wages have to rise significantly or property prices have to fall further. First time buyers must be made aware that climbing onto a falling property market could literally ruin their future. The last property crash resulted in millions of people being in negative equity for a decade and the same will apply to the current one.

What Labour should be doing is curbing cash rich buy to let landlords buying shed loads of cheap property....thus fueling another boom.

11:17 pm, January 18, 2009

Blogger Merseymike said...

MP's should not have second jobs.

And people shouldn't write comments which have no connection to the initial post.

4:03 pm, January 20, 2009


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