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Gamekeepers and pheasants May 10, 2009

Posted by lifejacket in Electoral & Parliamentary Reform, Financial shenanigans.
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Stuart Bell, Labour MP to Sky News (via BBC news):

In all probability tomorrow the (House of Commons) Commission will approve a special specific audit unit, hived off from the fees office, independent of the fees office which will verify in future every claim that’s made by any member of Parliament.

Excuse me? The House of Commons Commission? Which supervises Commons administration? To “approve” a unit which in turn will approve MPs’ expenses?

You are having a laugh. Gamekeepers and pheasants come to mind. Surely, given the scale of this situation, nothing is acceptable short of absolute independence of the auditing body from Parliament, in every respect, including who appoints it and where it convenes.

Parliament has shown it cannot be trusted to police itself, and frankly it is impossible to believe Parliament will satisfactorily clean up its own mess without putting its own interests first.

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