Those times when news stories read like stories from The Onion…
Like the BBC’s report of the MP who said “sorry” for not mentioning a financial interest while arguing for something that would do that financial interest a lot of good.
Conservative MP and ministerial aide Mark Simmonds has apologised for failing to make clear an interest when speaking in favour of the NHS shake-up…
The MPs’ register of interest shows he is paid £50,000 a year as a strategic adviser to Circle Healthcare.
Mr Simmonds told MPs he wanted to apologise for “inadvertently” failing to declare his interest.
He made his statement during a Point of Order. Although he had correctly declared his interest in the register of interests, he did not mention it – as MPs should – when speaking in the debates on the Health and Social Care Bill in January and March last year.
Ben Goldacre had a good time with that on Twitter.
“MP apologises for health firm interests” http://bbc.in/w4TEEq HEY DUDE! It’s easy to forget £50k…
I LOST FIFTY THOUSAND QUID DOWN THE BACK OF MY SOFA THE OTHER WEEK. srsly, we could all do it.
really, i don’t think that guy should beat himself up about forgetting FIFTY THOUSAND POUNDS. could happen to any one of us. move on. srsly.
it’s just, you know, fifty thousand pounds for advising the first private company to run an NHS hospital. that’s all. no biggy.
look, srsrly: it’s only a thousand pounds a week, twice the average wage, for “Advice”. just.. stop going on about it.
Quite right. Let’s have a little trust in the integrity of our elected officials, shall we?