Posted by: Will Rhodes
When a government can collect all your information, especially about your private phone calls, email, internet use – and just about everything else, it does seem a little hypocritical that they can keep almost everything about themselves secret. Even more so when it is about how much they are claiming in expenses.
The fact that it is the British people who are paying them, not indirectly, but directly through taxes – they say that even though a law suit in court has been lost and that they should readily allow expenses to be asked for and released – they are not.
Ministers faced condemnation last night after announcing plans to block publication of a bill-by-bill breakdown of MPs’ expenses.
MPs will vote next week on an order that would prevent up to one million pages of receipts being released, despite having last year lost a long-running freedom of information battle.
We will have to wait to see if there is a rebellion from the Labour back benches – I can’t see it myself – but you never know, Labour MPs may find a conscience.
I am presuming, albeit probably unwisely, that the Tories will vote against along with the LibDems.
I have more faith in the LibDems doing so, but not quite the Tories – that shower of shit know that they have a good chance of getting into government next time – so they will look for self interest.