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" SNP MSP Jim Eadie spent £23.51 on a copy of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act, which is available to view for free online or at the Scottish Parliament Information Centre."

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Amateur. Compare and contrast, if you will:

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" SNP MSP Jim Eadie spent £23.51 on a copy of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act, which is available to view for free online or at the Scottish Parliament Information Centre."

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Fair enough, I hope he is asked to explain.

But contrast him with this f**king lot.

This woman is getting £40 million pounds per year from the taxpayer without her lifting a finger.

At the same time the government is clawing back benefits from the poor.

BBC News 26 June 2014

Queen's income set to rise to £40m next year

The Queen's income is expected to rise by more than 5% next year after the Crown Estate announced record profits.

The Sovereign Grant, which covers the costs of the Queen's official duties, will reach £40m next April.

The grant is calculated as a percentage of profits from the Crown Estate, which includes properties such as Windsor Park and much of the UK coastline.

Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace accounts show about a third of the grant is spent maintaining the royal palaces.

'Disrepair'

The accounts, also published on Thursday, show that more than £4m has been spent on converting offices in Kensington Palace into an apartment for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George.

The work included the removal of asbestos, new heating, hot and cold water, electrical services and a "simple redecoration".

The furnishings and a new kitchen had been paid for privately by the Royal Family, a palace official said.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid for the furnishings of their new apartment

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: "Before the project started, the residence was in a state of disrepair.

"It was last refurbished in 1963."

Spending on property maintenance increased by £4.2m to £13.3m, the accounts show.

In January, the Commons Public Accounts Committee warned of a maintenance "backlog" with some properties in a "dangerous or deteriorating condition".

We take our responsibility to run as efficient an operation as possible”

Sir Alan Reid Keeper of the Privy Purse

'Efficient operation'

Travel expenditure was also revealed, including the £255,000 cost for the Prince of Wales to attend Nelson Mandela's funeral. Palace officials said that was due to the complexity of getting him to a relatively remote location at short notice.

Buckingham Palace said the cost of the monarchy - not including security - was equivalent to just over a penny a week for every person in the United Kingdom.

Under a formula set in 2012, the Sovereign Grant rose to £37.9m in April and will go up a further 5.7% to £40m in the next financial year.

It is tied to the income from the Crown Estate, which has published record profits of £267m.

Aside from the Queen's income, the rest of the profit goes to the Treasury.

Sir Alan Reid, keeper of the Privy Purse, said public funding of the monarchy had fallen by 8% in real terms in the last two years when maintenance costs are stripped out.

He added: "We take our responsibility to run as efficient an operation as possible.

"In our view we think that we do as good a job as possible in terms of trying maximise the value for money."

But Graham Smith, chief executive of the group Republic which campaigns for the abolition of the monarchy, said: "The job of reporting royal finances needs to be taken out of the hands of the palace and given to some honest brokers.

"The spin has to stop, the excuses have to stop, the royals need to be held to account for their profligacy."

BBC News 18 May 2014

Sunday Times Rich List 'wealthier than ever'

…The Queen, who has been on every Sunday Times Rich List since she topped the first one in 1989, is now worth £330m but that is only enough to see her ranked 285th…

This is doing the taxpayer big time.

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And this b*****d made £18 million in 2012 from the Duchy of Cornwall and is no wanting to pay a fair tax on it.

In July, 2013 he sent his lackey to meet with a committee of MP’s to plead that he shouldn’t pay tax.

This was the same week that the Government started to claw back benefits from the poor.

BBC News 15 July 2013

Prince Charles's aide grilled by MPs over tax affairs

The Prince of Wales is not liable to pay corporation or capital gains tax, a senior royal aide has told MPs on the Public Accounts Committee.

William Nye said the Duchy of Cornwall - which provides the heir to the throne with a private income - was not a corporation and that the prince voluntarily pays income tax.

Committee chairwoman and Labour MP Margaret Hodge questioned the "fairness" of the tax arrangements.

The duchy estate is worth £762m.

The prince was paid £19m from the estate last year and paid just over £4m in income tax and VAT.

Mrs Hodge said the committee wanted to "reflect on the current arrangements to see whether or not they reflect the reality of the world today."

But the royal aide said the prince's estate does not pay capital gains tax because he "doesn't have access to the capital gains. The capital gains are all reinvested in the duchy for future dukes".

Mr Nye told MPs the profits were used to pay for the prince's public duties, as well as those of his wife the Duchess of Cornwall and those of Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

He said that if parliament legislated to prevent Prince Charles using his private income in this way it would cost taxpayers more - to pay for his official duties - and he would be free to spend his money "on his other things".

'Taxed twice'

What was a medieval entity... has been transformed into a business.”

Austin Mitchell Labour MP

Paula Diggle, a senior Treasury official appearing before the committee, defended the prince's tax arrangements saying that he does not pay capital gains tax because he always reinvests any profit from sales.

"If the duke were to be taxed on the corporate income of the duchy as well as his income, he would be taxed twice," she said.

She added that the duchy differed to other corporations because the prince "is in the unusual position of getting all the income."

The duchy estate of land and property - mostly in the south-west of England - was established by King Edward III in the fourteenth century to provide a private income for his son and heir to the throne.

Conservative MPs on the committee defended Clarence House's position that the duchy is in fact a private estate, not liable to certain taxes.

"If it looks like a private ducal estate set up to provide an heir to the throne and it quacks like a private ducal estate set up to provide an heir to the throne, can one assume that it might just possibly be a private ducal estate set up to provide an heir to the throne?", Richard Bacon asked.

But Labour MP Austin Michell said: "What was a medieval entity... has been transformed into a business."

Force government action

The last time Prince Charles's representatives came before the Public Accounts Committee they were accused of performing financial "jiggery pokery" and he was said to be the recipient of the "best housing benefit scheme in the world".

This time the committee is fresh from finding the tax affairs of Google, Starbucks and Amazon wanting.

Graham Smith, chief executive of the anti-monarchy group, Republic, said: "Everyone has a moral obligation to pay a fair rate of tax, whether that's Starbucks, Google or the heir to the throne.

"We welcome the PAC investigation and hope that this exposure of the duchy's tax arrangements will force the government to act."

Earlier this month, the prince faced calls from Andrew George, the Liberal Democrat MP for West Cornwall, to "come clean" about the Duchy of Cornwall's tax arrangements.

Clarence House has said public funding for the Prince of Wales fell by £1m to £1.2m in the last financial year, out of a total income of £20.2m.

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" SNP MSP Jim Eadie spent £23.51 on a copy of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act, which is available to view for free online or at the Scottish Parliament Information Centre."

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Right! That's it! I DEMAND another referendum so I can vote NO! This is a fucking outrage!!! :rolleyes:

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Thought as much :lol:

Point out any SNP discrepancy and the whataboutery commences on a grand scale :)

Some absolutely tremendous whataboutery.

This was also the case when SNP MP expenses scandals are pointed out. "Aye, but moats.... and David Laws!!!"

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Some absolutely tremendous whataboutery.

This was also the case when SNP MP expenses scandals are pointed out. "Aye, but moats.... and David Laws!!!"

Here is some more whataboutery for you.

Party leader's expenses (in order of amount claimed)

Johann Lamont spent £19,697

Ruth Davidson spent £17,184

Willie Rennie spent £16,394

Alex Salmond spent £9,691

hmmmmmmmmmm.

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Here is some more whataboutery for you.

Party leader's expenses (in order of amount claimed)

Johann Lamont spent £19,697

Ruth Davidson spent £17,184

Willie Rennie spent £16,394

Alex Salmond spent £9,691

hmmmmmmmmmm.

Quiet nights in with Joanie?

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