14 June 2009

How bare-faced can you get?

Ah yes, the 66 metres of shelving at a cost of over £2000 to us, the taxpayers.

The story changes again. The original proposition was that the shelving was to be installed in the constituency office. Then it was to have been installed in the London flat. The latest version has it installed in a pub cellar or shed - although if you believe The Sunday Herald this latest explanation is unlikely to be any nearer the truth than the earlier ones. And it seems equally likely to be disproved as quickly as the earlier ones.

Somehow, I expect a member of parliament to be able to come up with a more plausible rationale. And, yes, other MPs have taken more horrendous liberties with the expenses regime. But this sad farce marks something of a new low.

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