Miller resigns at last – now it is time to call in the police

Going (unpunished): Maria Miller has made a huge profit from her misuse of taxpayers' money while in public office. Now is the time for her to face a criminal investigation.

Going (unpunished): Maria Miller has made a huge profit from her misuse of taxpayers’ money while in public office. Now is the time for her to face a criminal investigation.

Maria Miller resigned as Culture Secretary today (Wednesday) – after nearly a week of hanging on by her fingernails in the hope that everyone would suddenly forget that she fraudulently claimed mortgage interest on a south London house that she wanted the authorities to believe was her second home (when in fact it was her parents’ first).

During that time she has managed to reignite public disgust at the many expenses scandals in which Parliamentarians have been revealed to have been involved since the Daily Telegraph first lifted the lid on them in 2009.

She has also managed to undermine public support for comedy Prime Minister David Cameron, whose continuing support for her has shown just how weak he must be. He needed Miller because she was a woman in a predominantly male Cabinet, state-educated in a mainly private-school Cabinet, and an avid supporter of Cameron himself in a government that is beginning to realise that he’s a dud. In supporting her, he showed just how precarious his hold on the leadership really is.

Of course, she also generated a huge amount of hatred towards herself. Remember, this is a person who used taxpayers’ money to pay for her parents’ house – a building which she subsequently sold for a profit of more than £1 million.

Miller is not the first Cabinet member to make a million with taxpayers’ cash either – stand up George Osborne, who formerly had us paying for a paddock, a house and other scraps of land in his Tatton constituency on which he falsely claimed expenses, saying they were vital for the performance of his duties as an MP. He later sold the lot for around £1 million, having spent not a single penny of his own on the property – it all came from the taxpayer.

Osborne was protected from prosecution by the Parliamentary Standards Authority – a body that appears not to be as independent as it claims.

Now is the time to report Miller to the police.

A Parliamentary inquiry is not the same as a criminal investigation and it is important for her case to be tested in a court of law. This woman was part of a government that has had no qualms about using the law to take taxpayers’ money away from people who needed state benefits in order to survive; now let us see how she fares when the law turns its attention to her.

Who’s up for it?

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22 thoughts on “Miller resigns at last – now it is time to call in the police

  1. Homeless

    “Now is the time to report Miller to the police.”
    Go right ahead. It’ll be interesting to see how they wriggle off that particular hook.

  2. elspethparris

    Definitely. And apparently she gets a pay-out for losing her job as a cabinet minister, don’t see any reason why she should get that on top of all the other cash she’s had out of us. If I diddled my employment expenses – I’d have to repay it ALL, not just a small proportion, get the sack, AND get prosecuted.

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  5. Big Bill

    Betsygate – wasn’t that a parliamentary enquiry too? If it had been a genuine investigation we might have, and should have, seen Duncan-Smith in the jail many feel is his natural habitat and not wrongly in authority. MPs judging MPs is clearly the wrong approach for the good of the country.

  6. Bob Archer

    I suspect myself and a few hundred thousand more are up to seeing the thieving bitch answerable to a court of law, but i wont hold my breath.

    1. AM-FM

      Not £70,000k, it’s £17,000, unless she’s resigning as an MP as well.

      I’d like to congratulate her on one thing – for surviving about 36 hours longer than I predicted!

    1. Malcolm Burt

      If we include I.D.S. & Bettysgate it makes 3 rogues that have been caught with their fingers in the till.I am curious about all those who have given support to Miller,as it is clear that they have little if any moral fibre of conscience.

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