Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Welcome Return of Some Real Sleaze: the Tory Variety
Firstly, I suspect there are a lot of MPs up there in Westminster who are feeling nervous about their own employment of family members in exchange for similar amounts of loot and I bet a fair number of them are Labour MPs. Conway's crime may be a widespread up there as expense fiddling is in business. Certainly, the old fashioned notion that all MPs are 'honourable' has been tossed into the garbage bin and from now on, I suspect, regulations will be tightened up and applied much more robustly.
Secondly, Jenni Russell makes the important point that these sums are tiny compared with the real waste caused by government incompetence: IT debacles costing billions for no advantage and the £10bn spent on consultants as documented by former consultant David Craig in his alarming Plundering the Public Sector. As she concludes:
Our indignation at Conway's misuse of £13,000 or £45,000 is as nothing compared to spending on this scale.
Of course waste is an issue, but there’s a world of difference between money wasted by an incompetent acting in good faith and money pocketed by a schemer.
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