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8 minutes ago, Ham_N_Eggs said:

Interestingly having gone to an event there I was lead to believe that the use of the room is free if a Tynwald member sponsors the event. Did Rob make a charity payout money it didn't need to or is that figure just made up?

It looks like he only paid half as well. Proper tight when it was on expenses anyway. Anyone know what charity it was? 

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57 minutes ago, Ham_N_Eggs said:

Well obviously the whole expenses discussion has triggered Rob Callister because he's published his latest list of meaningless* expenses:

 

*No receipts required so this is list is just things he has spent cash on.

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Looks like a massive waste of money to me. Surely the Isle of Man would be better off if the expenses were done away with and he'd had to use his own salary to buy things, like the rest of us do.

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Corrin is wrong. Our company pays professional fees and car parking.

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Just now, Neil Down said:

Corrin is wrong. Our company pays professional fees and car parking.

Not many peoples employers do though. 

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Just now, Cheesy Wheezy said:

Not many peoples employers do though. 

I don’t work for a peoples employers...

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Why is there a fee for parking in the first place? Aren't the car parks owned by the Government? Isn't it just the Government paying itself? MHK total remuneration should be salary and pension only (and contributions to that need to increase), make the parking free, and then salary can be deducted by the total amount for parking fees.

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Just now, Rushen Spy said:

 make the parking free, and then salary can be deducted by the total amount for parking fees.

You realise you are saying they should pay for parking.

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27 minutes ago, Ham_N_Eggs said:

You realise you are saying they should pay for parking.

They made the disabled pay for it!

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35 minutes ago, Neil Down said:

Corrin is wrong. Our company pays professional fees and car parking.

But if your company pays for parking for you (and many don't, including IOMG for most employees), you have to pay tax on that benefit.  Rob isn't.  And professional fees are usually only paid if required as part of the job.  Rob's aren't.

I actually feel a little sorry for him here - it's the classic case of Oscar Wilde's saying that "No good deed ever goes unpunished".  Rather than taking the money and keeping quiet like the rest of his colleagues, he's tried to justify it.  And failed.

This year he's twigged that people aren't that impressed if you try to put your clothing down to expenses.  But some will be wondering why he can't update his own blog, most manage to; some will thinking that we are having to pay for his holidays (it's not that, but some will read it that way); some will be repulsed by him 'claiming' charity donations (that went down very badly in the Westminster expenses scandal); some will be picking up on other items (like the room hire) validly or not.  All the other Tynwald members must hate him for letting the cat out of the bag.

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26 minutes ago, Ham_N_Eggs said:

You realise you are saying they should pay for parking.

Yes, the distinction being that it will be out of their basic salary and not merely included as an add-on to their salary, as the latter would defeat the point.

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4 minutes ago, Ham_N_Eggs said:

wasn't that Douglas Council?

Dunno, someone did!

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2 minutes ago, Rushen Spy said:

Yes, the distinction being that it will be out of their basic salary and not merely included as an add-on to their salary, as the latter would defeat the point.

You would have it deducted gross which meaning that it wouldn't be a benefit in kind and therefore is no longer taxable? What about Tynwald members who don't drive like Juan Watterson?

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10 minutes ago, Roger Mexico said:

I actually feel a little sorry for him here - it's the classic case of Oscar Wilde's saying that "No good deed ever goes unpunished".  Rather than taking the money and keeping quiet like the rest of his colleagues, he's tried to justify it.  And failed.

Is it really a good deed though? Not wanting to add to this thread too much as it has run its course but it seems to me that the man simply can’t help himself. It’s like he has some sort of attention seeking illness or Facebook Tourette’s syndrome. Every time he tries to be helpful he seems to make the situation he is in ten times worse for himself than it already was. He’d actually be better just doing or saying nothing as you say. 

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