What should happen to people who are paid by the tax payer when they are caught fiddling expenses?
Unfortunately for the mob going after MP's; capital punishment is no longer an option; nor is corporal punishment but; there has to be some kind of retribution right? Well no actually, in our world corruption is a crime but all corruption is not to be punished, it depends on how much the miscreant gained, the principle it would appear has to be linked to the cost, how very capitalist; a bit like the girl who admitted to being "a wee bit pregnant" corrupt? yes M'lud but only a wee bit.
The hysterical reaction to the MP's expenses has been a major exercise in national hypocrisy by millions of people; led by the nose by a right wing Tory Newspaper who deliberately set out to destabilise the Labour Govt. People who seemed shocked to learn that we live in a society where corruption is endemic.
Who then should investigate the accused MP's is that a rather obvious question; surely it has to be the "Harry Margolis - the Polis - the Rozzers" unfortunately we have no alternative do we? can anyone else do this; we seem obviously stuck with this don't we. I bow to no man in my admiration for the overwhelming majority of honest; diligent British Police Officers, the overwhelming majority that is. That does not include those responsible for deliberate miscarriages of justice and criminal activity of their own, can we trust the Police? thankfully the answer to that is 'most of the time.
I don't want to rely on the police offices who sent people to prison for lengthy spells on trumped up charges and I am revolted that they were not brought to justice themselves. I don't want to depend on the officers who shot the unarmed innocent man in the railway station 8 times; or those who caused the death of the guy who happened to be walking past them in London during the recent G8 protests. likewise the uniformed unnumbered police thug; photographed beating a terrified helpless woman with a baton at the same event.
Sunday's news brought a story that you just couldn't make up; 300 of Scotland Yard's elite detective squad have been 'nicked' for suspected fraud, based just along from the House of Commons; as I said you couldn't make it up. The elite nature of their jobs gave them access to a special credit card which they have allegedly been 'bending like mad' a senior officer seems to have spent £40,000 in expenses in a year. This card scheme included officers who dealt with organised crime and bizarrely and ironically officers who investigated the "cash for honours" investigation, honestly.
Three piece suits were bought by officers working abroad in temperatures of 45c in the shade; also fishing rods? presumably to catch crooks! large withdrawals at cash points, blank receipts from restaurants filled in by themselves, women's clothing was also bought but; no mention of the gender of the purchaser; perhaps that would be a scandal too far.
Perhaps now those who are behaving like volcanoes over MP's claims will start to get things into perspective; I certainly don't condone fraud or people stealing from the public purse but when something like this blows up it reminds me of the kind of society we live in. These are the guardians of the law we are talking about here. Condemn them? yes; punish them? yes; but please don't try to tell me you are surprised by them. Our society is obliged every now and then to look in the mirror and it is not usually a pretty sight.
"let he who is without sin cast the first stone"