"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."

Sunday, 3 January 2010


After years of politicians telling the people that we don't have a Bill of Rights worthy of the name three Labour MPs are actually relying on it for their defence against allegations of fraud arising from MPs' expenses disclosures.

The three MPs are: Jim Devine, (Livingston); David Chaytor (Bury North); Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe).
The MPs have hired legal experts to assert that the 1689 Bill of Rights protects them from prosecution.

The lawyers are understood to have sent detailed submissions to police and prosecutors which contend that the House of Commons rule book on expenses is “privileged” and cannot be subject to scrutiny by the courts.
It will be interesting to see the outcome of this; they really are taking the proverbial by invoking the Bill of Rights, and they're not the only ones. Out of all the MPs discovered to have milked the system only six so far are facing charges.  It's a damned disgrace.
UPDATE: 04.01.10 - there's a good follow-up article to this at Centre Right

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