I see North Thanet MP Roger Gale failed today to be elected as Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons. This follows on from his failure to be elected Speaker of the House of Commons. What is the point of Roger Gale continuing as a MP? A Conservative friend (yes they keep it quiet too) told me that Roger would not be adverse to a peerage. There are reputedly 100 Conservatives to be appointed by the Con-Dem government. Previously when Roger Gale was evaluated by the Conservative Party, I understand one feedback was that he was "Mr. Angry," and hence he was overlooked. As a supporter of David Davies MP, it is hard to see why David Cameron would want to reward him.
Conservatives were also embarassed by his staunch defence of expenses abusing friend Derek Conway. My colleague Cllr. Iris Johnston has exposed Roger Gale's poor judgment in providing a character witness for Conservative kitten killer Ted Watt-Ruffell:
“I’m very surprised he decided to furnish someone facing such charges of animal cruelty, who has now been found guilty, with a character reference. Mr Gale has built his reputation on being an animal-lover.”
Cllr Watt-Ruffell was a former chairman of the North Thanet Conservative Party, which selected Mr Gale as its candidate.
Unlike many people Roger Gale has the option of a generous retirement. Last November I wrote
"Aged 66 he is eligible for the state pension. With 26 years in Parliament he is eligible for a leaving payment of £64,000. He would also receive a pension of 26/40 x £64,000 = £41,600. He may well have other personal pensions, plus the state pension of £4,900/year. "
These figures will continue to increase the longer Roger continues as a MP. Roger Gale's retirement package is double the average earnings of his constituents.
At a time when Roger Gale is calling for cuts he has the chance to put Conservative Party policy into action rather than resorting to rhetoric. He could stand down as a MP. He could then use his knowledge of the local area and generous pension provision to work on a volunteer basis in the North Thanet constituency. He could undertake work for the community building the Conservative's "Big Society". Wouldn't that be a far more productive use of his time? He would also free up a vacancy to stimulate the economy by providing a well remunerated job.
If we are "all in it together" as Conservatives claim, I think Roger Gale should resign and give back to local people after having been so well paid over many decades.
I still hold to my prediction in January 2009.
"My money is for him to go on and on and on and on."