Why is it that our chiselling MP’s seem to believe that anything they get up too which they know the public would regard as a bit dodgy is either proprietry knowledge or a security risk (though they never say who they wish to be secure from)
The official expenses regulator published details of MPs’ landlords on Monday night, exposing how several politicians are renting properties from one another or from other acquaintances.
But 51 successfully argued that information regarding their claims should be redacted so that the public cannot establish the identities of those they rent from.
MPs whose details will remain secret are known to include several who are renting properties from one another and a Labour shadow minister who rents a London home from an offshore trust.
On Monday it emerged that the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) gave MPs several weeks’ notice that the information was about to be published, affording them an opportunity to end potentially embarrassing or compromising arrangements.
The decision to censor claims echoes the previous expenses scandal when MPs attempted to overturn a High Court order which allowed for the publication of second home addresses and which said such a move would not jeopardise security.
In other words someone decided it would be a good idea to give them time to ‘hide the evidence’ or come up with a way to block any enquiry into just what they are really getting up too. Nor do I see as any sort of a security issue as to whom MP’s are renting their second homes from, after all the addresses of their first homes are already on record.
No, what we have are a bunch of crooks who are milking a system they designed to be as opaque to their employers (that would be us) as possible and are bleating when they get caught with their fingers in the till.
They kept telling us nothing to hide, nothing to fear on various measures to intrude into our privacy and freedoms, so it does make you wonder what else they are hiding.