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Philip Hammond accepts watch worth nearly £2,000 from Saudi sheikh

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Weald56, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. Weald56

    Weald56 Established commenter

    Comments? Is Hammond right, or wrong, to accept this?


    The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond accepted a watch worth almost £2,000 from a Saudi sheikh despite a ban on ministers taking gifts worth more than £140.

    Mr Hammond has argued he accepted the £1,950 watch in his capacity as a constituency MP, which meant the ministerial rule did not apply, The Sunday Times reported.
  2. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    If the rules can be bent they will be
  3. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    So as a teacher I can accept a bribe from a pupil/parent as long as I do it in my capacity as a regular member of the public?

    midnight_angel likes this.
  4. VanEyssen

    VanEyssen Established commenter

    Is there any regulation to stop you accepting a gift from a parent?
  5. Weald56

    Weald56 Established commenter

    Certainly was in more than one school I worked in - anything worth more than £20 (£50 in another school - but that was an independent school).
  6. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Wow, I say bribe, you see it as gift. On another thread I say 'can' you see it as 'has'... amazing.
  7. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    Should we need one?
    Duke of York likes this.
  8. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    A pretty derisory bribe/gift. £2,000! A Saudi sheikh!

    I'm shocked he'd accept it. Has he no self-esteem? My watch cost a lot more than that!
  9. VanEyssen

    VanEyssen Established commenter

    The thread is about a gift. Why mention bribes?
  10. VanEyssen

    VanEyssen Established commenter

    Do you ever stop going on about how much money you have, house, car, holiday and now watch,
    aspensquiver and PescenniusNiger like this.
  11. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Do you not understand why there is a ban on expensive gifts?

    Oops it's a Tory, forgot you think they can do no wrong.
  12. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I am flabbergasted that any intelligent person would waste so much money on a watch.:eek:
    midnight_angel likes this.
  13. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    So why are ministers not allowed to accept expensive gifts?

    Is it so the government saves money because they aren't obliged to reciprocate?
  14. PescenniusNiger

    PescenniusNiger Occasional commenter

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  15. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    Accept a gift from a Saudi sheikh? It'd be rude not to - the saudis help bolster our economy by kindly agreeing to keep buying our arms to oppress their people with.
    grumpydogwoman likes this.
  16. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Well, my watch was purchased by my (rather dim?) wife. I don't have an engagement ring or an eternity ring. The watch is a love-token. And I believe the going rate for a good woman hasn't varied much for centuries.

    Proverbs 31
    verse 10
    A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds.
  17. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    It's my understanding that ministers are allowed to accept expensive gifts, but not to own them. Thy become the property of the state.

    In trying to suggest that he accepted the watch in his capacity as a constituency MP, I would suggest he is in breach of the ministerial code.
  18. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I thought it was rubies.
  19. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    It's disgusting. Surely we're worth more than a paltry £2K to the Saudis!!!!
  20. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    Probably felt he had to accept it or they'd have taken his head off
    aspensquiver likes this.

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