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Oh What A Pratt!
Posted Sunday, 29 March 2009 at 17:10


The text comments flying around between MPs regarding Jacquie Smith’s husband are not for the content of this blog, However, under the jokes lies an absolute disbelief that anyone could be so idiotic or brazen as to pay for adult movies, and then charge them to the expense account?


I have spent weeks defending Jacquie Smith. I really felt for her over the second homes allowance.


When I was selected for my seat I had a family home in the Cotswolds with a 12 year old daughter who was at school with children she had attended playgroup with. I inherited a wonderful job which meant I had to spend 80 hrs per week in London and a constituency in Bedfordshire I was expected to base myself in quickly. My family quickly broke up with children all over the place, literally.

I spent my first years like a demented homing pigeon trying to keep everyone happy and most of the time failing spectacularly.


This is why I felt for her. She may have had a local party who insisted her children attended local schools and a department in London who wanted her to spend 100 hrs in her department and a Westminster office which needed her also.


She divided her family to fit in with her job and I know only too well what that feels like and the consequences it can bring. And so, against the grain,  I have been on national radio fighting the corner of the woman, the wife, the mother and the MP. And now this.


Oh what a Pratt! In case you’re in any doubt, I’m referring to her husband however, I suppose if the cap fits me!


I am defending second homes allowance tonight on 5 Live and in the morning on LBC. Someone has to. The majority of MPs are totally wet on this issue and allow the media to trample all over them. The public should know the facts, all of them, not simply the ones the journalists want them to know.

Mike Law said:
Responded: Sunday, 29 March 2009
Listening to your defence of second homes on 5 live. I agree, your staff should be paid for directly from the public purse. Second homes, what's wrong with staying in hotel? Don't get tax benefits like self employed? Your allowances are not taxed.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 30 March 2009
Nadine, I have just listened to you on LBC and the resulting listener comments. Since you choose not to disclose the county of your family home and referred to your daughter working for you the comments from LBC listners and Nick F became negative against you. I cannot figure out why you have given out the location in this blog (and others) yet not on the radio causing listener speculation that you are upto no good.You are an honest MP with nothing to hide and certainly not a Pratt!
Tony, Mid Beds said:
Responded: Monday, 30 March 2009
You were excellent on Steve Nolan last night. The Labour MP sounded like the pratt. You were a breath of fresh air.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 31 March 2009
I normally disagree with pretty much everything you say but I think you're right on this one. People who make naive comments about MPs staying in hotels have no idea how hard it must be to balance work and family life.
David Nettleton said:
Responded: Thursday, 2 April 2009
There is only one 't' in 'prat'. I just don't understand why he chose two videos rather than one. The outcomes must be pretty much the same, so when you've seen one, you've seen them all. At Tuesday's borough council meeting we were all given a CD to take home for a bit of 'adult' viewing. It turned out to be the Boundary Committee's further draft proposals for unitary local government in Suffolk, all 55 pages of it. What a disappointment! Copies are not exactly flying off the shelves, but somedody's got to read it, I suppose.
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