[email protected]: Norman Baker – It might be legal, but it’s not right

Over at the Mirror, crusading Lib Dem MP Norman Baker writes (briefly) about the damage that the ‘drip, drip, drip of stories about MPs’ expenses’ is doing to Parliament. Here’s an excerpt (actually, it’s pretty much the whole piece):

We can’t continue to have revelations that the public find so shocking. Jacqui Smith’s homes are a prime example. It’s not acceptable that she can claim her main home is her sister’s spare room. Saying it is within the rules is not good enough. House of Commons officials must be able to veto MPs’ declarations. They need to ask questions like where do MPs spend most nights, where do their families live and where do they spend their holidays. We need to get to the stage where everything is out in the open – and acceptable to the public at large.

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  • David Heigham 20th Feb '09 - 7:14pm

    Like a banker expecting his bonus, Ms Smith has settled into the habit of giving herself the benefit of the equivocation.

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