January 16th, 2011

Nobody likes an MP, I mean a grass

Posted in The Job - General by 200

So one MP is currently languishing at Her Majesty’s Pleasure (Labour MP David Chaytor, 18 months) while another awaits sentencing later this month (Barnsley Central MP Eric Illsley) and four more are awaiting trial, all over the scandalous expenses fiasco as brought to light by the daily Telegraph last year.

What really is surprising is not that some MPs are starting to get their just desserts, but that so few are.

Don’t worry though, one MP furious at being investigated himself, has decided to grass up six colleagues he accuses of doing the same as himself. So that will be two found guilty at court, four set for trial & potentially six more for a trial.

I am somewhat bemused as to what detail the MP has over and above everything that was already in the public domain which would prompt a criminal investigation, given that the sheer scale of the behaviour of  significant numbers of MPs claiming for duckhouses & second homes that were really their first homes, was so obviously fraudulent. It always felt something of a whitewash that nothing happened to all but the selected six (so far).

One can just imagine what name the northern MP who grassed his mates up currently has in the Houses of P.

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5 comments

  1. the_leander says:

    “What really is surprising is not that some MPs are starting to get their just desserts, but that so few are.”

    So much this ^

    Given that it seems the behaviour was endemic amongst MPs, I really did wonder if it wasn’t time to ban all (then) current MPs from applying for office again. The This Week program that comes on after Question Time for instance the commentators there said time and again that everyone knew it was happening, even if they didn’t realise the extent.

    Mind = boggled.

    January 17th, 2011 at 07:52

  2. simon says:

    So the useless fat b*stard Prescott is also a tout as well ?

    January 17th, 2011 at 10:17

  3. Faulcon says:

    In the good old days, they might have hanged a few of these rascals (sigh)….bring back the good old days!

    January 17th, 2011 at 16:11

  4. Tony F says:

    I am with Faulcon on this.

    January 17th, 2011 at 16:47

  5. Ian says:

    MPs’ expenses: Illsley urged to quit after guilty plea

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-12157768

    (I can remember when Margaret Thatcher adopted a new policy of Care in the Community)

    Idea

    Well now lock Them all up in the House of Commons with all the rest of them.
    How is that for Care in the Community

    The wheels have come of the wagon then

    January 17th, 2011 at 17:50

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