Saturday, February 06, 2010


Three UK Labour MPs and a Tory peer will be charged with false accounting over their Parliamentary expenses. Good. These people have committed outright fraud, submitting false invoices for fictitious "expenses", including a fake mortgage, IT services which were never incurred, and nonexistent accommodation costs. They need to be held accountable for it.

Sadly, they're completely unrepentant, and planning to argue that Parliamentary privilege gives them immunity - defrauding the public apparently being a vital part of an MP's duties. It's this sort of sense of entitlement which led to the problem in the first place - and it needs to be eradicated.