MP’s expenses

15 05 2009

scandal, shock, horror…

the MPs in parliament who a few months ago were berating the bankers for their fraudulence, opulence, bending and breaking of the rules have been found to have most of the same pecadillos… Even today the treasury select committee are demanding that ‘polished apologies are not enough’ from Bankers – you have to admire their cheek.

How David Cameron must regret his words (about bankers) from February now:

Justice is only effective when it is seen to be done — for the thug locked up for mugging people on the streets to the highest executive in the biggest firm who’s been swindling the books.

Doctors who behave irresponsibly get struck off. Bankers who behave irresponsibly should face professional consequences. And, for sure, if anyone is found to have behaved criminally they must be prosecuted. Of course, this requires clear evidence of wrongdoing. But that doesn’t mean we should sit on our hands and say it’s all a failure of regulation.

the blog ‘Ouseful’ has some very interesing visual representations of the moral vacuum at Westminster’s trough.

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