Maria Miller: Just Another Example of State Hypocrisy

Once again I find myself talking about state hypocrisy. It seems to be the gift that keeps on giving. No matter how many outrages, news stories and government fiascos occur, there always seems to be another just around the corner.

This week it is the story of Maria Miller. For those who don’t know, Maria Miller is a Conservative politician who is the MP for Basingstoke, and sits in the cabinet as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities. A fairly distinguished position, so much so that she was placed as the 17th most powerful woman in the United Kingdom by a show on BBC Radio 4 in February 2013.

Miller has been under pressure since 2012 because of expenses she was claiming on a second home. These expenses were paid for by the taxpayer and in February of this year, it was revealed that she abused the system and claimed over £90,000 in public money to cover costs on her second home. That very month Miller sold the home for a figure of £1.47 million. Netting her a profit of over £1 million pound.

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