It was just a couple of weeks ago I was reading somewhere how Dougie Alexander's expenses were in order with small exceptions.
Now it seems Mr Alexander has paid back £12,600 to the Treasury, a sum he received in rent from a lodger at a home for which he was also claiming taxpayers' money. He bought the property, in his constituency, with a sitting tenant and claimed £73,000 in second home allowance and received rent from 2001 until 2005. Mr Alexander said that, when he bought the house, the tenant was living in a single room building of the property. What is a single room building of a property?
He also said he reduced claims for mortgage interest to cover the rent received until the tenant moved out in 2005 but "for the avoidance of doubt" he has now decided to pay back enough to cover what he received in rent.
Nobody, not even the son of the manse Mr Alexander, could convince me that he didn't but this property purely as a property speculator. Only property investors buy properties with sitting tenants.
Seems like someone was onto Mr Alexander's nice wee earner, hopefully a Sun reporter. Dougie is known to like having his photograph in the Sun and he has a lovely one today, so he must be pleased.