Tuesday, 5 May 2009
The revolting specimen above is Baroness Uddin. She is a peer of the realm and a chancer of of the first degree. She was ennobled by Tony Blair in 1998 for no obvious reason. She lives in subsidised social housing in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets but, because she owns a flat in Kent, is entitled to claim an attendance allowance of £174 per day at the House of Lords.
As well as her daily allowance at the Palace of Westminster, Uddin has two jobs: one at the Home Office and the other with the philanthropic wing of insurance giant Zurich.
The flat in Kent, despite being her "main residence" was until recently unfurnished and largely unvisited. One could speculate that her whole purpose in buying it was to allow her to claim the Lords' attendance allowance.
Considering that she is a public figure and a "working peer" Baroness Uddin would seem to lack public spiritedness; in fact she could give lessons to a swamp leech.