Probably my last word on the expenses scandal…

Although I can’t say I’m sorry to see the back of Hazel Blears, I’m slightly alarmed by the way the fall-out from the whole expenses scandal seems to be escalating into the realms of Completely Missing The Point.

This isn’t exactly helped by most of the media, where various events over the last couple of weeks have been identified as the “final nail in the coffin of New Labour” (or something like that). Gordon & Co. have been polishing quite a few contenders for Ultimate Nail all by themselves, but THIS IS NOT IT, okay?

To turn this specific affair into the necessary leverage for removing Labour from government would be unwise, causing the inevitable Tory victory to seem like a purge. Let’s be clear here… some of the most arrogant and profligate wastes of public money occurred in Conservative seats. There’s Bill Cash with his creative offspring-juggling, Bill Wiggins and the mortgage that never was, Douglas Hogg’s moat, Peter Viggers’ Duck Island, Anne Kirkbride and Andrew Mackay with their dual primary residences, countless cases of Capital Gains Tax avoidance and so much more.

I’m not trying to score desperate lefty points here; the Labour MPs have shown a striking lack of ethics as well. What I’m getting at is that this is not a question of party politics, not a reason to win or lose an election. This is something that needs to be completely cleared up and repaired RIGHT NOW, independently of the party system.

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5 Responses to Probably my last word on the expenses scandal…

  1. Steve Dix says:

    Deary me, why is it not a surprise that MP for Stafford Bill Cash has been fiddling his expenses? He was known as Bill “Iwantyour” Cash back in the days when I was at Staffs Poly, and that’s 20 years ago.

  2. SteveShark says:

    I’d have agreed about a week ago, but I think we have to have an election as soon as possible.
    Brown has no real mandate now and the world knows it. I think we have to have an election for the economy’s sake. If Call me Dave gets in – as he inevitably will – then he’ll have a few months’ breathing space whilst the stock and currency markets get healthier to come up with a plan.
    The real pisser at the moment is that there is no plan – which is why he won’t get my vote. That and the fact that he’s an arsehole…

  3. Kalebarkab says:

    I want to find good pop music. Help me please.

  4. adrian says:

    Y’know, maybe that’s the best response to all of this… :-D

  5. SteveShark says:

    I can cap that:

    Anyone fancy a pint?

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