GOD BLESS OUR MP'S

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
Liverpool


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
and whispers,"£17,000."

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)