Now I am going to be very controversial here but please bear with me. You may not like what I have to say but no good came from ignoring the dissident voices. Here goes.
In 2009 the Telegraph exposed an expenses scandal in which a whole number of MP’s were identified as having clearly broken laws and were punished. Some of the revelations were shocking from across Parliament in all major parties. Our response should have been to condemn ALL those who transgressed. We should have sought the punishment of every MP who was guilty. We should not have sided with our party. We should not have allowed the system to sacrifice patsies and then we move on. ALL OF THEM SHOULD HAVE BEEN PUNISHED AND DESELECTED NO MATTER THE PARTY.
My other issue here before we move on is that the Telegraph, in my opinion, would not have exposed this issue if the Labour MP’s had not been involved. They knew this had the potential to bring down the Brown government and that a few Tories would be embarrassed along the way but they considered it a sacrifice worth making.
We have seen newspapers… time and time again play us. We have allowed them to play us. We make it easy for them. By being partisan on these issues we set ourselves up to fall.
Now let us move on to a more recent scandal. The abuse and harassment of people (mostly females) across Parliamentary staff. Incidentally the EU Parliamentary abuse is being mostly ignored.
WHOEVER IS FOUND TO HAVE BEEN LIABLE MUST BE CONDEMNED NO MATTER WHICH PARTY THEY BELONG TO. Those who don’t are complicit.
We are being played again. We must not allow MP’s to get away with behaviour that the rest of us are rightly punished for. If we do, in the future they will be harvesting data to manipulate elections; creating international incidents whilst denying us proof and stitching up opposition leaders for something they didn’t do without blinking. Mark my words.