Letter No 3 by Mike Allott:  back to directory


15 Oct 2003:


Attacks on IDS and questions about the role of his wife

You write (leading article, October 14) that:

"The lifestyle of those elected to the House of Commons means that it would not be irregular to pay someone for administrative tasks performed from a domestic residence."

As a father of two and a hands-on grandfather of three, I claim first-hand experience of such in-house administrative tasks - both as master and now functionary.

So, why am I not able (reports, same day) to be paid for writing out Christmas cards, answering a phone that never stops ringing, being in charge of the appointments diary and attending all those dreary barbecues organised by business colleagues?

Perhaps we should all become MPs.

Yours faithfully,

Mike Allott
Chandler's Ford,