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    On the resignation of the Speaker

    by Rumbold on 20th May, 2009 at 9:14 am    

    So true.

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    1. Leon — on 20th May, 2009 at 10:08 am  

      Very true indeed.

    2. Refresh — on 20th May, 2009 at 10:14 am  

      Rumbold - I could not have put it better. Makes them all look shabbier still.

    3. Katy Newton — on 20th May, 2009 at 10:15 am  

      It’s ironic, really, because I thought he was pretty shocking as a Speaker, but I also think that this is the wrong reason for him to go.

      Private Eye had a good take on the expenses thing generally. It went something like “That MPs expenses defence in full: 1. All claims were within the rules. 2. All rules are made by MPs.”

    4. chairwoman — on 20th May, 2009 at 11:01 am  

      Let’s go for the retrospective sacking of all previous Speakers, alive or dead, who operated under these rules!

    5. MaidMarian — on 20th May, 2009 at 11:58 am  

      Chairwoman - There is a point there.

      MP’s extravagant expenses have hardly been a secret. For many years it has been well known. All the recent stories have done really is break the numbers down and provide the most jaw-dropping examples of bad-faith.

      The real story here, badly under-covered is how the Fees Office appear to have been actively coaching MPs on how to play the system. Presumably this has been going on for some time.

      The timing of this is an interesting side-point.

      Like Katy Newton, I feel like there are many reasons why the Speaker should have gone, it’s just that this really doesn’t feel like one of them.

    6. Sunny — on 20th May, 2009 at 12:56 pm  

      hah! bloody spot on! That’s what I said yesterday on Libcon.

    7. bananabrain — on 20th May, 2009 at 3:10 pm  

      oh well, it’ll be all right, as long as all politicians caught with their hands in the public purse are replaced in kneejerk by-elections with celebrities like esther rantzen.



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