Monday, 11 May 2009
Huge problems ahead for Hazel Blears
Hazel Blears, affectionately referred to by some as "the little chipmunk" is in a spot of bother methinks. First of all it was her thinly veiled criticism of Gordon Brown, the "YouTube if you want" piece in 'The Observer'. A lot of pent up anger from Brown I imagine to come her way, you cross that man at your peril - he is really vindictive. But it isn't her likely sacking that ought to be her biggest worry. No it's her manipulation of the system regarding second homes. Roll back to 2004 when Ms Blears sold her flat in London making a profit of £45,000. Because, so far as the tax people were concerned it was her main residence, she wasn't liable to pay capital gains tax. But just a few months before she was claiming parliamentary allowances for it as her second home. So effectively it was a win-win situation for her. To me this is quite clearly fraud - a criminal offence. Her behaviour seems so flagrantly wrong and I believe that she has to be prosecuted for what has happened.