Shock as the Express finds evil Nats save taxpayers’ money
Cracking story in the Express today about Scottish MPs abusing their expenses by getting business class flights back and forth from London.
It starts off pretty convincingly:
The 56 Nationalists – including expelled former members Natalie McGarry and Michelle Thomson – claimed £576,316 for business-class flights in 2015/16. Scottish Secretary David Mundell claimed a further £8,458, while Labour’s Ian Murray and Lib Dem Alistair Carmichael – whose Orkney and Shetland seat is the furthest from Westminster – flew only economy. This was a huge increase on the previous year, when Scottish MPs claimed only £60,574 for business-class flights, and around three times as much as any of the five years of the previous parliament.
Then it goes on for several paragraphs of the usual ranting and bile that accompanies a normal Express article about Scotland or independence supporters.
I thought, fair enough, this does seem pretty bad, and even though the paper is a rightwing clickbait generator read by salivating reactionary bampots, they are actually on to something here.
Then you get to the last paragraph reveal. The bit at the end where most people have given up reading.
Long after the average Express reader has encountered one 5 letter word too many:
However, an SNP spokesman insisted the jump was down to the way IPSA recorded fares. He added: “These fares are booked through an appointed agent in Westminster. They are not business-class flights but fully flexible fares which IPSA records as business-class. It does not mean MPs are upgrading from economy class.
So, we don’t actually know if there has been a rise in business class flights at all. The whole story is predicated on a technicality. However, to make matters worse for the Express they even print the following table:
Expenses reclaimed by Scottish MPs for flights:
2015/16 – Total £735,466 – Business £598,623 – Economy £136,843
2014/15 – Total £744,217 – Business £60,574 – Economy £241,444 – Not specified £442,199
2013/14 – Total £777,200 – Business £152,925 – Economy £624,275
2012/13 – Total £719,363 – Business £190,480 – Economy £528,883
2011/12 – Total £698,084 – Business £230,099 – Economy £467,985
2010/11 – Total £529,030 – Business £117,489 – Economy £346,779 – Not specified £64,762
A table that actually shows that the total cost of flights has fallen compared to the last few years.
So, the real story here is the SNP are saving the country money. Not that this matters to the readers of the Express if you look at the comments section.
What is disturbing is how openly they know and mock their own readership. They print a story and headline that is designed to rile up the bigoted morons who read the paper. However, they also print the truth at the bottom and that truth completely contradicts the propaganda. They do so in the full knowledge that their own readers will be too thick and biased to notice the obvious problem with the story.
Funny thing is there is a story here. The amount the MPs are spending on flights is ridiculous.
It could be reduced dramatically by some forward planning and switching to trains if possible. By straining to turn it into an “SNP bad” story they miss a good point. They also make themselves and their readers appear to be utter imbeciles of the highest order.