Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Nice work if you can get it!

Should you feel like brightening a rainy Sunday with a spot of music, what could be better than revisiting 'Expenses - the Musical' in honour of this week's news? Just follow the links below and get ready to sing along...

Baroness Uddin and Lord Hanningfield, despite strident claims of penury, have both had a rummage down the back of the sofa and conveniently managed come up with the lump sums they needed to repay their dodgy claims - £125,000 and £30,000 respectively.

Lord Hanningfield is already back in the House of Lords, while the allegedly boracic* Wapping-based  Baroness will return after the Queen's Speech in May; both of them can look forward to claiming the tax-free allowance of £300 a day, which may go some way towards softening the pain of rejection by their respective political parties.

Whether it endears the Baroness to her fellow-tenants of a housing association scheme for low-income Londoners is, of course, quite another matter.

*boracic lint = skint; the Tavern's always ready for an anachronistic bit of rhyming slang.


  1. Can think of a better musical treat:


  2. Thanks, JH.

    Actually, come to think of it, quite a lot of other things could be better too. I don't think I've quite got the hang of this self-promotion business....