this from the Salter ("there is no prospect of my ever blogging") blog on the Telegraph site.
With two young women working largely on their own in the office for the best part of the week, it seemed only responsible to utilise the security budget that the Commons authorities had introduced for the installation of panic buttons, an intercom and security shutters. The equipment was duly delivered, only for us to discover that just 50 per cent of the cost was recoverable from the designated budget. The only way the full £6,000 bill could be met in full was either by cutting the wages of my staff or, as was eventually the case, to pay for it myself.
In Doris Lessing's "The Golden Notebook", which had a great influence on me in my younger days, there is a mock writing competition, to continue a piece which has as its first line "The two women were alone in the London flat". In 1950s London, where the book was written and set, there would presumably have been many, not all of them men, who did not realise that that sentence was meaningless. But in 21st-century England? Er, Mr S, if there were two of them in your office then neither of them was "on their own". So what did you mean then? Misogyny in Parliament has lost a faithful friend in you, Mr S. I see that the resentment at paying your own money for something still festers - despite the 40K plus claimed in the first four years for a non-existent London property. Which is criminal fraud.