Could the Mirror’s splash damage the Tories?
Thanks to one or two contributors on the overnight thread for picking up this – the main story in the Mirror .
For after a day which saw Gordon Brown at his most confident for months the paper’s exclusive, presumably from publicly available material, is that amongst the receipts in Cameron’s claims were those for four or five chocolate bars. These were under Cameronâ€™s claims for his administrative and office allowance
As the paper points out MPs are allowed to claim for â€œmeals and subsistence for interns, volunteers or permanent employees working away from their main place of employmentâ€. The Caramel bar was bought for 40p on May 19 this year in a Commons cafÃ© called The Debate while the the 40p Mint Aero was receipted on Cameronâ€™s claim along with â€œBeef Â£3.80â€.
Another claim was for a 40p packet of Maltesers along with â€œVeg Â£1.70, French Fries 50p and Vegetables 45p.â€
Is this a taster of what it’s going to be like for the next five months? I would have thought that the paper would have gone for Brown’s Eton jibe – which at least has a hard political edge.