George Osbourne; Value For Money

When it comes to public spending, Tory voices will emerge calling Ed Balls a liar, and George Osbourne a hero. I set out in an entry on Liberal Conspiracy today to show that Balls’ comments were far more cautious than the caustic Tory bloggers/journalists make out, and detail why critics should not attempt to paint Balls as trying to fraud the voter.

When it comes to personal finances, even the Tories will have to admit that the shoes are on the other feet today.

In Andrew Sparrow’s commentary on the official release of MP’s expenses, we see that;

“Ed Balls, the children’s secretary, and his wife, Yvette Cooper, the work and pensions secretary, were cleared by the parliamentary commissioner for standards last year after being accused of wrongly nominating their London home as their second home.”

whilst on Sam Jones’ report, we see;

“• George Osborne [claimed for] £47 for two DVDs of his own speech on Value for Taxpayers’ Money”

Value for money indeed, and at only £23.50 each.