One waste of tax-payers’ money questions another…

“THIS is an absolute disgrace. I want to know on what basis do they think civil servants working in the Northern Ireland Office are under a bigger threat in this country?” wailed Lord Laird upon his discovery that NIO servants were being paid an annual £287 danger money allowance because of the department’s work on law and order. This devoted scrutiniser of public spending then immediately questioned NIO expenditure on taxis. This, need I remind you, is the same Lord Laird who was at the centre of controversy and became a figure of fun for, errrr, taking trips to Dublin in taxis for non-existent ‘security reasons’… at roughly the same cost per round trip as a civil servant gets in a year. “It is like Alice in Wonderland,” he said of the NIO danger money. Well, he should know – no-one lives in a tax-wasting fantasy land like leapin’ Lord Laird does.

  • Gregory

    Lord Laird has helped me find places for children with Cerebral Palsy.

    I also get a taxi or a limo when I wear a kilt.

    A taxi to Dublin is no big deal, what does the upper house entitle him to?

    What next, is the Queen supposed to use a cycle?

    and since when have civil servants done law and order? That’s news to me.

    Lap dancing clubs among job centre advertisers
    Scotland on Sunday, UK – 3 Jan 2009
    Women’s groups last night said the revelations were effective proof that job centres were providing a path into prostitution for out-of-work customers. …

    All the DWP investigations in that Scotsman article,

    100 percent of the total over years, originated with me, not the police, just little old me.

    No danger money either.

    Gregory

  • Bemused

    Lord Laird and Willie Frazer should form their own political party.

  • BG, why the great urge to kick John’s shins? 🙂

    John’s been one of the few politicians, not to mention journalists and bloggers, to examine the Rathlin ferry ‘scandal’.

    If you’ve got a moment, please take a look at Jim Fitzpatrick’s response [pdf file] to Jim Allister re.passenger carrying certificates. Can you spot any variations in the wording of documents with the same reference number MSF 1241 Rev 0707?

  • Rory Carr

    Hear, hear, Nevin (or possibly “harumph, harumph!”), leave Lord Laird (or should it not be Laird Lord?) alone!

    It would be as useemly for a peer of the realm to travel by means of public transport as it would be scandalous to behold members of the servant class, whether public or indeed, one’s household staff, being driven in a licensed Hackney. Corporation omnibuses are perfectly adequate and a much more fitting mode of transport for the lower orders. Surely a tuppenny ticket should prove to be more than sufficient for any errand that such are called upon to run?

    Perhaps we should start a new “Leave Lord Laird Alone” campaign group. I am quite sure that we would not have much difficulty in persuading any intelligent citizen to steer well clear of him. What do you think?

    p.s. I should have to leave all the secretarial work to you, but I am sure that would not be a burden.

  • I think the Lord has done the state some service on this occasion.

    The information regarding his kilt wearing taxi journeys to Dublin was ascertained following the publication several years ago of the Language Body’s annual accounts and reports. The last year for which there are published accounts for the Language Body, which comprises the Boord o’Ulster Scotch and Foras na Gaeilge, is 2003. That means they’re only six years behind….

    You wonder what else is being kept under wraps…..

  • lorraine

    ach the noo, laive the bonnie dafty wee bairn aloon……..aye

  • Mark McGregor

    BG,

    You got mail

  • Dec

    I am quite sure that we would not have much difficulty in persuading any intelligent citizen to steer well clear of him.

    I seem to recall him addressing a TV audience on the subject of smoking and warning that smokers were never invited to his dinner parties. At that point, I impulsively reached for my Marlboro Lights.

  • Gregory

    “I seem to recall him addressing a TV audience on the subject of smoking and warning that smokers were never invited to his dinner parties. At that point, I impulsively reached for my Marlboro Lights.”

    I ended up with a ruck-sack of bob the builder dolls once, for whatever reason,

    (The PSNI have already issued a statement that they’re not interested in the detailed business of the Catholic Church, it may be on their web-site in the ‘free pass’ section)

    the little baskets all started talking from under the boardroom table, in Lord Laird’s office, the old building

    I told him they were for kids, I’m more of a Sponge Bob person myself.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/1880682.stm

    As a matter of interest it was the same FBI, Postal and Cook County, region, that put Lord Laird to the top of the G/TIP calling list,

    The NIO Security Minister is about to be challenged on one policy or another,

    presuming the callers don’t get stalled investigating the sale of some political office, we all have our issues, and they’re not always about cab fares.

    Gregory

  • Gregory

    “It would be as useemly for a peer of the realm to travel by means of public transport as it would be scandalous to behold members of the servant class, whether public or indeed, one’s household staff, being driven in a licensed Hackney.”

    If I was in a kilt I’d not be in the old North Star Hotel waiting for a train.

    Lord Laird is a PR mechanic of some skill.

    Gregory

  • Rory Carr

    Righto, Dec, I’ll be instructing Nevin to cross you off the Lovers of Lord Laird mailing list then.

  • Rory, on this occasion, John was the one with the intelligence; poor Stephen was left floundering.

    I wouldn’t know about his lovers; that’s not the sort of territory than NALIL blog has stumbled into – so far. And I don’t do instruction … 🙂

  • Rory Carr

    I know, Nevin. I was only having a jest in the spirit of Gonzo’s introduction. I am only too well aware that you are no man’s lackey. And more power to you for that.

  • Thanks, Rory.