Parliamentary pigs and taxpayer troughs

Apparently pigs and humans share many genetic characteristics:

Researchers, who undertook the largest ever study of the pig genome, found that swine are adaptable, easy to seduce with food and susceptible to domestication – much like humans. 

Insights into the genetic code of pigs reveal the swine and its cousin the wild boar have much in common with humans.

from bellscorners.wordpress.com

This affinity between human and pig behaviour is demonstrated daily – and especially – by parliamentarians the world over. They don’t just feed – they gorge themselves. Perhaps it is the availability of the trough of taxpayers money which triggers our parliamentarians to revert to ancient type. Following the recent revelations about UK parliamentarians and their greed (Trougher Yeo), or in the US for example, comes this story from Australia:

The New South Wales Finance Minister Greg Pearce is facing further accusations about his parliamentary travel, with a Sydney newspaper reporting that he spent thousands of dollars on flights that coincided with sports events.

Last week, Premier Barry O’Farrell initiated an inquiry into claims the minister may have breached travel guidelines by taking a trip to Canberra that was initially booked through his office but was subsequently repaid by the minister.

The move came just days after he was accused of being drunk in parliament, prompting a public warning from the Premier.

Now the Daily Telegraph newspaper is reporting Mr Pearce has made at least $9,000 worth of trips to major sporting events around the country.

It says the events include the Melbourne Cup, AFL Grand Final and Australian Open, although Mr Pearce has denied the newspaper’s suggestions that he travelled to a V8 event on the Gold Coast last year.

I suppose they could all employ the defence that it is all in their genes and it is the fault of the taxpayers in providing them with the temptations which trigger their piggy instincts.

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4 Responses to “Parliamentary pigs and taxpayer troughs”

  1. grumpydenier Says:

    The good news in the UK is that Yeo has stepped aside from being Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee and is replaced by Peter Lilley who is a sceptic and voted against the Climate Change Act.

    Maybe it’s the end of the beginning.

    • ktwop Says:

      I saw that.
      I suppose he will be back after a side-step or two.
      It’s not that I’m getting more cynical as I get older, it’s just my cynicism which is getting more graceful.
      ktwop

      • grumpydenier Says:

        I hope you’re wrong ktwop. But I think this is but a small step towards easing the alarmists’ pressure on the UK’s future energy crisis, which they are helping create.

        The UK shale reserves are, potentially, enormous, maybe 100-yrs worth, so the PM would have to be completely mad to ignore it.

        With someone like Lilley, who is much more of a pragmatist, we must hope that the DECC foot dragging will be brought under control.

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