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Simon Heffer in today's Telegraph speaks for me:

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David Cameron’s resignation honours rewarded corruption, dishonesty, lack of principle and failure. Earlier appointments littered the Lords with such political heavyweights as Michelle Mone, an underwear queen, and Karren Brady, a football executive.

He is shameless; I hope those who took largely undeserved baubles are not, and will come to appreciate the damage they have done to their reputations by accepting them. Some of us still despise the beneficiaries of Harold Wilson’s “Lavender List” 40 years on.

Nigel Farage did more than anyone to bring Brexit about, and a knighthood is about the least he deserves.

But with the next list in December Mrs May must settle the question of appropriately rewarding those who helped secure the will of the British people in the recent referendum. Nigel Farage did more than anyone to bring Brexit about, and a knighthood is about the least he deserves. There are others like him. If the honours system won’t recognise such conspicuous achievement, what is it for?

 

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10 minutes ago, threegee said:

Simon Heffer in today's Telegraph speaks for me:

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Cant think of anyone I would rather not associate my thoughts with then Mr Heffer...........but he does have a point! 

 

Its like agreeing with Michael Gove!    :wacko:

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Cameron gave special advisers pay rises of 24% when most of public sector got just 1%

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He added: “It will be a further body blow to the morale of thousands of hard-working civil servants to learn that the very same special advisers who received enhanced redundancy terms from the outgoing prime minister also received pay rises of up to 24 per cent in one year.” 

John O'Connell, the chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will be shocked at the size of these increases at a time of necessary spending restraint.

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The revelations come just a month after it emerged that Mr Cameron overruled strongly worded civil service advice and boosted the golden goodbyes he gave his special advisers.

He ignored concerns raised by civil service chief executive John Manzoni to hand his staff an extra £282,000 in severance pay because of his resignation. 

Seven out of 10 of the Downing Street advisers reappointed after last year's general election – and who therefore became entitled to bigger severance packages – received pay rises of up to 24 per cent in 2015, according to Civil Service World. 

This far outstripped the 2 per cent average pay award across the private sector in 2015. 

Adam Atashzai, one of the spads given an enhanced severance package, saw his salary increase from less than £58,200 in 2014 to £72,000 in 2015 – up just under 24 per cent. He was also awarded an MBE in Mr Cameron's resignation honours list.

Ameet Gill, the former director of strategy, and Liz Sugg, the former head of operations at No 10, both reportedly received pay rises of 22.5 per cent – sending their salaries from £80,000 in 2014 to £98,000 in 2015. 

Miss Sugg was given a life peerage in the wake of Mr Cameron's resignation. 

...and on it goes.  The more you look into Cameron, his background, and what he got up to, the more you realise what a self-serving lying turd we elected as a PM.  It's almost as if we learned nothing from the Blair years.  Perhaps this is part of why May is so keen that we should believe that she means what she says, and will actually get on with what she has promised.  A long overdue overhaul of the honours system, and a total clean out the House of Lords can't be too big an ask - can it?

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