Thursday, 14 May 2009
In all the smoke & thunder surrounding MP's expenses we should not forget that there may well be a substantial majority of the 646 Members who have NOT abused the rules. Liberal Democrat, Sarah Teather MP, has never claimed her second home allowance. She lives just half an hour from Parliament and, under the idiotic rules which are still in force, she would be allowed to claim up to £24000 . There was a chance to overhaul the system last summer which was not taken. Immediately after that failure Nick Clegg wrote to Brown & Cameron proposing joint talks about reform. He was ignored. Now we have to endure the Brown & Cameron (aka Tweedledum & Tweedledee) yah boo spectacle as each tries to outdo the other in their passion to 'do the right thing' which is code for digging themselves out of a hole that is entirely of their own making.