Vote John Thurso!

As a decision which I never thought I would make, here at Efrafa Warren, I have instructed all residents to vote Liberal Democrat. The reason being the particular local incumbent, ‘John Thurso‘.


As a trivia point, he is the first heredity Peer to have assumed a seat in the House of Commons without renouncing his title; after deciding not the petition to retain his seat in the House of Lords following Tone’s half-finished job of reforming it. (It amazes me how Tone left open the possibility of his gaining a baronetcy or something.)

Recent correspondences conducted with Thurso about the importation of regional wars to British streets and the reawakening of the beast of Nazi-like attitudes have, I think, revealed to him a world which is completely unknown and wholly shocking to the majority of people in this country. In wider affairs, he comes across as representing that upper-case Liberal core which still exists in a political party not unfairly associated with nutcases and political maniacs and neo-puritans operating under the bizarre assumption they are lower-case liberals.

He has ‘real world’ experience, outwith the Westminster bubble where the main qualification obtained is being an MP, having worked in, managed and set-up international hotels straight from school. Although he went to Eton, he does not appear to have gone to Oxbridge (or any university) or the Foreign Office so, I assume, has not mixed with Arabists or the inheritors British officers who commanded Armies attacking a UN mandated state in 1948 or shelling civilian areas in Jerusalem, as international diplomacy wished to curry favour with the emerging oil-states. You see, in those days, people crying no blood for oil, meant something entirely different.

Never mind Iraq, the biggest scandal of the past few years has been MPs’ expenses. In this week’s John o’Groat Journal, he confirms what I’d already suspected of him: he’s good value for money.

He pointed out that he has a small rented flat in London which costs £1400 a month.

“That is quite a good rate for London. Other people are paying a lot more than that,” said the MP, who has not claimed for items such as furniture and linen although he does submit expenses for utilities and food.

John Thurso went on: “You could argue that MPs who have to come to London should stay in a hotel room but there would be very little difference in the cost and, for the convenience and not having to worry about booking a hotel, I think having the flat is worth it.

“Thurso East is my main home and it never occurred to me to pretend it was not. I have not owned property in London since I worked there in the 1970s.”

The Excel document attached to this Daily Telegraph article reveals his cost for 2007/08 to have been £144,623 (bearing in mind transport costs to and about the Hyperborean North). Greater breakdown can be found here, which reports his cost for staying away from his main home for the same period as having been £21,448 (about right for £1,400 per month rent). I note also his stationary and posting expenses were £553 and £2,336 respectively: put aside a little more for my letters, John!

The Telegraph article, from the calm before the storm, places George Galloway and Clare Short and Derek Conway at the bottom of the value table. Galloway, for instance, appeared at only 5% of sessions despite costing £136,000; whilst Short was present at 19% necessitating, I assume, the additional £3,000 (Thurso was present at 65%). Short, for one, insists that she is better able to represent her constituents outwith the party machinations and whippery. One way of inspecting that would be stationary costs: hers were £670 and £2,223 respectively (and that is profligate compared to Galloway’s £47 and £485.

What were they doing? I hope they were not becoming myred in financially dubious actions, handing money to dubious characters or inviting leaders of proscribed terrorist organizations to speak at the House of Lords (and blatantly issuing patent falsehoods about the background).


extends an invitation to Parliamentarians



At 6.30pm on 22 April 2009

in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House

Most serious commentators now believe that there can be no peace in the Middle East without talking to Hamas. In addition, we may be facing the last chance for a two state solution.

In 2006, Hamas won more than 65.2 per cent of the vote in the Palestinian parliamentary elections. Since then, Gaza has been besieged, boycotted and bombarded. There has been great human misery, but no progress and no improved security for anyone, including Israel, which is still the target of missiles.

Khalid Meshaal, Chief of the Political Bureau of Hamas will be available on a video link from Damascus. He will explain Hamas’s position and answer questions.



Office of Clare Short MP

House of Commons: ****


Moving on, vote John Thurso!

3 Responses to “Vote John Thurso!”

  1. Seismic Shock Says:

    Why do the people who want to talk to Hamas only ever seem to say nice things to them!

  2. efrafandays Says:

    It’s not just Hamas Short can’t find a bad word to say about, Seismic. Here she is on the sole responsibility for Lebanon’s slide into chaos and ruin during the 1970s and 1980s:

    Lebanon, which used to be a place of great prosperity, and which attracted visitors from all over the middle east and the world, has suffered badly from Israeli occupation and civil war.

    Anyone would think Syria hadn’t been there as well, and carried out massacres of Palestinians and other Arabs which dwarfed even the first Sabra and Chatilla camp massacre when Arab killed Arab, and the world blamed the Jew.

    And on a Baathist dictator who took over from his father who’d instigated a state of emergency over 40 years ago:

    From south Lebanon, we went to Syria to meet the President, Foreign Minister, other Ministers and parliamentarians, the British ambassador and many others. The President lived for a long time in the UK. He is a charming and open man who, for a long time, was not going to be President and therefore took on the style of an ordinary western citizen. He is very popular in his country because he does not have a grandiose or fine-living style. He is keen to deliver significant reform in Syria, to open up the country and to improve the economic opportunities of the people, but he made it clear that the situation in the region made that difficult. Shortly after he took over, there was what has been called a “Damascus spring”—a sort of opening up. It is difficult to continue such reforms when there is such bitter division all around and organised extreme Islamist groups in the region.

    The President stressed that the Syrian regime is secular and takes a tough line against Islamist insurgents, but that it was keen to work with others to help to stabilise the situation in Iraq. He deeply regretted the fact that the UK did not have, as he put it, an independent foreign policy. He said that, before Sir Nigel Sheinwald visited Syria for talks on behalf of our Prime Minister, he had been to Washington and that his view was that the UK could play a much more useful role if it had an independent policy, but sadly it did not and it continued to be a complete echo of US foreign policy.

    The question in my mind is, is this anti-Jewish racism or anti-Arab racism?

  3. Joseph Brown: Dismissed « A Rabbit's Eye View of the Hyperborean North Says:

    […] Maybe he had been planning to advance to a PPC and launch his career in politics. The wider issue of individuals manifestly unsuited for executive power or political responsibility going by stepping-stone from the responsibility-free world of student politics to parliamentary researcher to MP (a criticism which never could be laid at my MP, classical Liberal John Thurso). […]

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