I read today, buried in the continuing coverage of the US presidential inauguration, that Gordon Brown has backed down and decided to shelve plans to restrict the details of MP’s expenses being made available to the public under the freedom of the information act. Apparently, all Labour MPs were to be force to vote in favour of this stupid idea – but thankfully common sense has prevailed.
In this current economic climate (I am trying to stop using the term credit crunch, oh dear, I’ve slipped up and used it!) it would not be good form to increase our council tax and then hide exactly how our elected MPs spend it on themselves. An honest MP will have nothing to hide as we expect MPs to have expenses – how else can they visit their constituencies and see the problems “on the ground” as it were.
Yes, Hazel Blears, I am looking at you.