Wednesday, 28 October 2009

The continuing saga of troughing MPs

Radio news is reporting this morning that Sir Christopher Kelly is going to recommend that family members (including presumably civil partners) should no longer be employed by MPs out of public funds. Personally, I don't have any difficulty with the latter, in spite of some well-publicised abuses. If the job is not a sinecure, and the holder is good enough, then surely it doesn't matter how he or she is appointed? Of course, a blanket ban is much easier to enforce.

He also recommends that there should be an end to "flipping" and other abuses of the allowances for housing. However, the terms "horse" and "stable door" come to mind. No action is going to be taken against current rogues, in spite of pressure from Nick. Stephen Tall puts it much better in

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