1st June - Expenses, expenses, expenses
The story of MP's fiddling their expenses seems to be going on forever in the news. Who knows what else is happening in the
world (apart from the results of Britain's Got No Talent, obviously)? I was interested in it for the first couple of days, then
bored of it for the next few weeks. But now there is a grim fascination with the relentless and continuing exposť of who
fiddled what for how much and whether or not they will step down as a result.
The one recurring theme in the whole sorry saga is the reflection of Britain's obsession with property, which is revealed by
this article in the Times Online.
It lists all the revelations so far and the consequences. Of the twelve "casualties" so far (that is, MPs who have announced
they will step down at the next election), nine of them are due to shenanigans involved with monies claimed for their primary
or second homes. Ten if you include Sir Peter Viggers' infamous claims for a floating duck house.
The whole saga has revealed a new interest for the electorate in renovating property - this time it is the House of Commons
that is in dire need of modernisation.
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