MP's Expense Claims . . . A Fable For Our Times
Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken wall at an MP's house.
One is from Luton, another is from Birmingham , and the third is from
All three go with the MP to examine the wall.
The Luton contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then
works some figures with a pencil.
"Well," he says, "I figure the job will run to about £9000:
£4000 for materials,
£4000 for my crew and £1000 profit for me."
The Birmingham contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says,
"I can do this job for £7000:
£3000 for materials,
£3000 for my crew and £1000 profit for me."
The Liverpool contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the MP
The MP, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys!
How did you come up with such a high figure?"
The Liverpool contractor whispers back, "£5000 for me,
£5000 for you,
and we hire the guy from Birmingham to fix the wall."
"Done!" replies the MP.
(and we all have been)