Cooking The Books

As the latest row over Jacqui Smith’s expenses drags on and on I find myself thinking it is long past time that the whole expenses racket was brought to an end. It is simply a scam that allows MPs to feather their nests and live in a style to which the rest of us will never be accustomed.

However, as I read about the story of Jacqui Smith’s husband and his £10 porn extravaganza, I can’t help thinking there is a more important question to be answered here.

What about the other £157,621 that Jacqui Smith claimed in expenses during 2007/08?!?!?

Should we not be more outraged and questioning about the value of the whole expenses claim rather than just focusing on the sordid, titillating bits?

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