With the news that another MP is to stand down in the wake of the expenses scandal comes another repetition of that tired old refrain:
…it is very important that I make it absolutely clear that I have done nothing wrong or dishonest in relation to my claim for expenses and have at all times acted on advice from the House of Commons Fees Office…
They just don’t get it, do they? They have done something wrong. They have used a flawed system (which they enacted) in order to use public money to pay for things that have nothing to do with their function as an MP. That’s what it’s all about and that’s why the public are so pissed off with them.
Rehashing the same, tired drivel about having done nothing wrong because they followed the rules and took advice from the Fees Office is not a satisfactory explanation. All it boils down to is making the claim that:
I was just following orders.
Was, in this case, the treatment of dry rot “wholly, exclusively and necessarily incurred from the purpose of performing your Parliamentary duties”? No, it wasn’t!
Why the hell can’t you just admit that and stop trying to hide behind political smoke and mirrors. You did wrong, you got caught, now accept your fate and stop trying to fob the public off.
We are not stupid and we are not impressed with your arrogance.