The Speaker of the House Lords racked up a £230 bill keeping a chauffeur-driven car waiting for four hours while she watched an opera just a mile away from Parliament, it was revealed on Tuesday.
If that does not take the biscuit what does?
It shows a careless disregard for the public purse, a let-them-eat-cake smug attitude, poor management and so much more.
Why does D'Souza have to travel in a chauffeur-driven Mercedes? That is not good practice nor helpful to the environment.
How come the vehicle is then left waiting while the taxpayer bill goes up and up and she enjoys a relaxing time?
It is wrong, wrong and wrong on so many levels.
If D'Souza thinks it is acceptable practice then she is mistaken and either a fool or a nincompoop.
In her defence the Lords has said she sometimes drives herself to events but other times security is an issue.
That old chestnut 'security' is used tie and time again as an excuse for waste.
The Huff Post report also says that "the Lords Speaker also spent tens of thousands of pounds on travel, flying business class, staying in hotels costing up to £300 a night, and ordering £123 of room service for a "breakfast meeting"."
Time the Baroness and others lived up to David Cameron's vow that we are "all in this [austerity] together".
And once again the British electorate need to thank heavens for the Freedom of Information Act- "The Lords Speaker's expenses have been published - with individual receipts - after a Press Association request under Freedom of Information laws."
The FOI act was a manifesto pledge by Tony Blair's incoming 1997 government; the current Tory government are looking at ways of curbing the acts powers or worse.
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