Monday, March 30, 2009
It just gets worse.
I've just watched Labour MP, Sir Stuart Bell on Newsnight, informing us that details of MP's expenses are for sale at a cost of £300,00. This is very bad. If its true, the best approach would be for MPs and Lords to publish everything themselves as soon as possible. Its just like the problem of restoring our banks. Until all the toxic stuff is out in the open, there can be no fresh start on rebuilding trust. When you think things are so bad that they cannot get any worse, they do. Tonight's news, on top of whats been in the media for the last few days, is very depressing. Everyone knows something must be done. Respect for politics and politicians is dropping like a stone - from an already low position. But will the right things be done. I do not think so. Please don't believe that some new regulatory system will deliver. It won't on its own. The only way to restore respect to our political system is full disclosure of all use of public money claimed by politicians. Nothing else will do the job. Its all gone too far. Transparency is the most effective disinfectant.