Wednesday, June 17, 2009

MPs' expenses: officially brilliant

I know that there are trivial concerns about the lasting damage done to democracy etc., but I have now decided that the MPs' expenses scandal is officially brilliant.

The prejudice-confirming expenses of the Tories, from duck houses to servants' quarters have been highly entertaining, particularly when one of them said that people were just jealous of his big house.

But even better have been the positive effects on the government and parliamentary Labour Party. By my count, MPs' expenses have been partly or completely responsible for getting rid of Hazel Blears, James Purnell, Geoff Hoon, Tony McNulty and, now, Kitty Ussher. Not to mention tempting the Blairites to launch a massive and unprovoked attack on their own reputations, with lasting and possibly terminal damage to their faction.

What's not to like?

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