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MPs will wriggle and squeal but voters will take away that trough | Michael Portillo - Times Online

The House of Commons is headed for catastrophe. When the details of members’ expense claims are published, as they are bound to be under freedom of information laws, the public will be appalled. They will see that MPs help themselves to allowances as thinly disguised bonuses.....

Outside parliament the world has changed. Taxation of benefits has led employers once more to consolidate perks into salary. The pressures of competition and the bottom line have shortened the lunches and squeezed out the booze. Management accounting systems have enabled bosses to control expense accounts more tightly. As the Information Tribunal commented, when ordering that the claims of 14 MPs be published, the “laxity” of Commons rules is “very different” from practice in the private sector. Most significantly, the public today expects higher standards than before in public life and greater transparency.....

It is most unusual for the Speaker to be criticised in the media. That, too, is a sign of changing times. Following the unfavourable press comments on his expense claims, the Commons roared in approval when he next entered the chamber and the Speaker beamed back with pleasure. The outside world might interpret both reactions as signalling that the Commons is an insiders’ club contemptuous of public opinion....

In truth, the disaster cannot now be averted. Even if reforms were implemented tomorrow the freedom of information campaigners have won access to yesterday’s records and before long the claims of every MP will be laid bare.

Catastrophe? Disaster? Maybe for the little piggies with their snouts in the trough but this is a victory we ought to be celebrating.

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Following the unfavourable press comments on his expense claims, the Commons roared in approval when he next entered the chamber and the Speaker beamed back with pleasure. The outside world might interpret both reactions as signalling that the Commons is an insiders’ club contemptuous of public opinion....

Exactly mate.
I do believe that some of these fraudsters arrogantly label themselves socialists. Socialism refers to an ideology/political movement whos goal is a socio-economic system in which property and distribution of wealth are subject to control by the community. Read that socialists? Control by the community. That means everyone not just filthy, bent m.p.'s. Hmmmm? I wonder which community greedy m.p.'s belong to? Obviously the community of me, me, me, deceitful, lying, corrupt dirtbags!
Of course all of this might be happening because the EUrolanders want to abolish Westminster. What better way to do it than by employing deliberately corrupt m.p.'s. The public, in turn, will scream what use is Westminser and then someone will say, well lets get rid of it then. Hey presto, no more Westminster. Oh yes and who will fill the void created? Not the scottish parliament by any chance? I wonder why the scottish parliament has bomb proof windows?

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