Prompted by news from the UK over the weekend about latest developments there. Big, bad news for Prime Minister Brown acording to the Financial Times.
"The 646 MPs at Westminster are under growing pressure after the publication of receipts showing lavish and sometimes outlandish use of taxpayers’ money. The deluge began after one British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, obtained details of all of the receipts for MPs’ expenses submitted over four years. After an unsuccessful battle waged by politicians against freedom of information campaigners, officials had been due to publish them in July.
The revelations have shown senior ministers and backbench politicians alike milking the system to their maximum advantage even if the claims all fall within the Commons rules. MPs were found to have charged for everything from eyeliner and baby food to a bag of manure and – in one case – a mole catcher. Others used the cash to build up property portfolios, often changing the definition of their “main” and “second” homes to maximise income."
The Daily Mail has plenty more detail.
Meanwhile our lot keep heads below the parapet, although a bit of digging brings up some news from time to time, today on Parliamentary Secretary Jan McLucas.