This morning the House of Commons has published details and receipts of MPs' claims on the taxpayer for 2008-09.
Here, for example, is the tally of some of what we have paid to keep the Prime Minister and his Scottish home and garden looking clean, neat and tidy:
- £1,932.50 for 'providing domestic services'
- £175 for grass cutting
- £10.49 for dry cleaning
- £38.30 for laundry
- £41 on washing
- £49.50 on ironing
- £168 on carpet cleaning
- £195 on 'pruning, weeding and edging'
- £500 for painting a summer house It is being reported that Brown has now repaid this sum
- £58.60 on window cleaning
I note a claim of for £22.50 for Sky+ handset – was there a previous one which went the same way as Prime Ministerial mobile phones? (N.B. a £99 claim for Sky TV was refused because he failed to provide a receipt).
Meanwhile, I was intrigued to note that in the itemised section of his phone bill for December 2008 to February 2009, he made a phone call to a number in Canterbury at 10.29pm on Christmas Eve which lasted nearly two hours…