Ordinary voters have lost touch with Conservative MPs

Two startled Conservative MPs have been speaking out against the reporting of MPs’ expenses:

Conservative MP Anthony Steen has expressed his dismay at the public’s interest in his lavish expense claims for his country house.

The MP for Totnes in Devon has claimed £87,000 over four years for his second home. (“Some people say it looks like Balmoral,” he offered in his defence.)

On yesterday’s World at One programme on Radio Four he was indignant:

Do you know what it’s about? Jealousy. I’ve got a very very large house.

In a breathtaking display of narcissism, he kept on digging:

We have a wretched Government here which has completely mucked up the system and caused resignations of me and many others. It was this Government that inroduced the Freedom of Information Act and it’s this Government that has insisted for the things which has actually caught me on the wrong foot – which, if I’d been cleverer, it wouldn’t have done… What right does the public have to interfere with my private life?

Enjoy the audio clip from the BBC.

This morning’s show on Radio Five Live heard Conservative MP Nadine Dorries say that cornered MPs are “terrified” since the Telegraph exposed details of their expense claims, in an act of “journalistic fascism.”

Today in her blog, Dorries calls the media interest in MPs’ expenses “McCarthyite witch hunts.”

Just brilliant. Political satirists: you are out of a job, when Steen and Dorries do it so much better.

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  • Terry Gilbert 22nd May '09 - 11:32am

    Standing down at the next election isn’t enough punishment for some of these people.

    I will seriously consider supporting any party which comes out in support of legislation to allow the recall of MPs (or Cllrs) by a significant number of their constituents. They would then face an immediate election in their constituency, assuming they did not resign.

    What to do with Lords remains a problem. It would be best solved by having an elected second chamber, subject to a similar rule.

  • Terry Gilbert:

    If we had this arrangement a tabloid newspaper could whip up a frenzy and end the career of a politician who was doing something that was obstructive to the interests of its paymasters.

    Imagine what it would be worth to the US military-industrial-petrochenmical complex to see the back of Norman Baker, for instance. All Murdoch’s newspapers would have to do would be to publish a string of sensational lies, stir up a lynch mob, get a recall election and Norman would be out.

  • And what about Lord Rennard’s £ 41,000 claim?

    Clegg’s ton of bricks,a Fed Exec meeting and Nothing repeat Nothing about Rennard’s expense claim which was highlighted in the press two weeks ago,ever thought about trying to put your own house in order?

    People in glass houses?

  • Well if the public dont trust the conservatives why not vote for the second conservative party. UKIP! They have some fantastic policies. I voted for the Lib Dems at one point but when I realised how much of tax payers money is wasted on the EU I changed to UKIP as they do a lot of work against the EU.

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