£30,525 of payments for food claimed by the DUP couple between 2004 and 2008. It further states that they often claimed the maximum £400 per month each from Parliament for food. Mr Robinson has stated that the combined total works out at “about £73 per week” over the period.
30000 divided by 73 equals 418.15 weeks.
There are 52 weeks in a year multiply that by 5 (ie 2004-2008), that equals 260.
Bearing in mind that parliament doesn't sit for 52 weeks every year and when it does sit Mr and Mrs Robinson are not the most regular of attenders...
We can safely day that Mr Robinson's maths do not add up in this case.
The BBC in contrast to the Bele Tele is omitting the highlighted original "combined". It's still unlikely however that the Robinsons attended parliament 52 weeks a year for 5 years.
Chekov, being the whizz with figures that he is, has calculated bearing in mind the number of days parliament sits per year and the Robinsons' average attendance record, they are munching through a combined average of 1050 quid per week.
The DUP are not handling this well:
Defending the food claims for 2004 to 2008, a DUP spokesman said: "During the particular period in question from 2004 onwards Mr Robinson was in London on a regular basis on Parliamentary business, negotiations, meetings with Government ministers and senior officials."
"Commonly, such business spanned between two and four days per week at its most intense."
1. MP's expenses cover, surely, solely costs incurred by MPs doing their parliamentary work?
Did- "Negotiations, meeting with Government ministers and senior officials" have any relevance to Peter Robinson's work as MP for East Belfast?
2."Between two and four days per week at its most intense".
Presumably that 'intense' period pre-dated the restoration of devolution in 2007? His expenses covered the period 2004-2008.
Parliament still does not sit 52 weeks a year.
Robbo's "intense" period" spanned between two and four days per week" (lucky him, my working week covers an "intense" 5 days, sometimes an "intense" 6 every week)- Peter seems now to be admitting that his original defence ("in reality, this equates to an average of about £73 per week") was a load of cobblers.
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