The Dissolution Honours list will feature many undeserving names: some will have bought themselves a peerage; others to make up the numbers, and many as repayment for dubious favours given.
Sir Merrick(Pooter) Cockell has been tipped off he is in line for a peerage.
If this happens it will be another signal the Lords is unfit for purpose.
Merrick Cockell's first job on leaving school was selling cigarettes in deepest Africa.
He discovered that there was not much money in that and 'fell into' local government. The rest is history.....
In short order he twisted arms to increase the Leader's allowance to a staggering £70,000 a year.
Adding other quango type jobs he boosted his taxpayer funded earnings to around £130,000 a year.
If he gets into the Lords he will be in line for a further, much needed, income boost.
Cockell is a man of no distinction, yet has managed to live comfortably off taxpayers by exploiting every opportunity to make money.
The Honours Committee has totally ignored the mass of negative press comment around Cockell's vast expenses so the Dame reminds them. In this series of links to varied negative press comment one can see why he didn't deserve a K, let alone a peerage.
DINNERS IN AMERICA
COCKELL'S GRAVY PLANE
WHO DELETED POOTER'S EXPENSES
$450 DINNERS FOR COCKELL AND 'FRIEND'
This man deserves a peerage as much as the Dame's old dog.