"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Bercow Intervenes

Speaker Bercow will chair a meeting of the Members Estimate Committee next week in order to discuss the £25pd no receipts, no tax, subsistence allowance for MPs.

Although the arrangement was recommended by the National Audit Office and introduced when Michael Martin was still Speaker it was given the final seal of approval by the MEC chaired by Bercow two days into his new office. It's all a bit of a mess really and Nick Harvey LibDem MP is wriggling and denying for all he's worth this morning.

If they had given more thought to the ethics of the expenses issues in the first place they wouldn't now be trying to cover their backs.

All the little things just keep snowballing. It has to be one law for all and everyone equal under it or else the next thing you know we'll be having things like Zil lanes for Olympic wallahs and £1,000 fines for the proles who stray into them. Whoops!

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