Monday, 13 May 2013

Guilt by association...the Telegraph tries to skewer an MP on his predecessor's sins


The Daily Telegraph reports on the success of Conservative MP, Stephen Phillips:

Stephen Phillips, the member for Sleaford and North Hykeham in the East Midlands, has reportedly been charging clients about £600 per hour in his capacity as a commercial lawyer.
He is believed to be the best-paid politician in Britain as a result, clocking up more than 1,500 hours of non-parliamentary work since July 2011.
Mr Phillips, 43, has received £922,380.20 in barrister's fees since July 2011, in addition to his annual MP’s salary of £65,738...

Now this seems to me wholly admirable. Mr Phillips points out that he does this work when the House isn't sitting (and that it's turnover not profit) plus mentioning how this provides him with a tentative link to the real world.

In my view we need more MPs like Mr Phillips who see it as public service rather than just a job (albeit a quite well paid job).

What I didn't understand, since no-one is accusing Mr Phillips of wrongdoing or dereliction of duty, let alone expenses fiddling, why the newspaper chose to conclude the article by talking about his predecessor Douglas Hogg. Seems to me that this is a rather unpleasant attempt to smear Mr Phillips by associating his working life with the moat-clearing expense of the man he succeeded as MP.


1 comment:

Umbongo said...

This is another sign of the Telegraph's slither towards the mythical centre of Cameron's dreams and mean-spirited (as well as ill informed) abuse of the non-poor.
Further, readers now have the benefit of access to a raft of lefty commentators (eg Bakewell, Riddell) on the op-ed pages as well as well-paid preachers of environmental Greenism (Lean, Gray) together with endless supplements financed by commercial Greenism.
Yes, there are still a few off-message commentators left (eg Delingpole - mostly online - and Booker in the Sunday T) but their ranks are gradually thinning.