Grant Shapps: he’s not stranger to controversy. Check out the businesses he ran under his pseudonyms Michael Green, Sebastian Fox and Corinne Stockheath.
The Transport Secretary of Boris Johnson’s Conservative government is spending public money paying private lobbyists to argue against his own government’s plans to build on aircraft runways that are privately-owned, it has been alleged.
The reason? The government minister concerned – Grant Shapps – is the owner of a private aircraft, and also of a private runway.
The allegations are made in a Times article hidden behind a paywall:
You couldn't make it up.
A minister using taxpayer cash to fund lobbying efforts against his own government's plans to build on the runways he uses for his private plane.
The issue is clear: government policy is to build houses on land currently occupied by the runways used by owners of private planes.
Shapps is paying private lobbyists to try to get the government – of which he is Transport Secretary – to change this policy. He is using public – government – money to fund this activity.
So the government is paying your money to fund opposition to its own policy.
It has been said before but could it ever be more clear?
These Tories really do think it’s one rule for them and another for the rest of us.
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