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Martin’s resignation blamed on ‘anti-Catholic conspiracy’

Posted on: 20/05/2009

If ever there was a need to come clean linguistically, the UK parliament’s MPs’ expenses and allowances fiasco is begging for it.

It is not enough that terms like ‘invidious’, ‘flipping’ and ‘deselect’ may be clouding the issue. The Guardian’s political editor Parick Wintour’s report on the resignation of Michael Martin, speaker of the House of Commons, included the claim “Allies of Martin such as the Labour MP Jim Sheridan and Lord Foulkes blamed an anti-Catholic conspiracy…”

What conclusions are we to draw?

From the Times’ link to  The Green Book (the guide to MPs’ expenses) comes these nuggets:

The principles are: Claims should be above reproach and must reflect actual usage of the resources being claimed.”

Seems clear to me.

Followed by: “Claims must only be made for expenditure that it was necessary for a Member to incur to ensure that he or she could properly perform his or her parliamentary duties.”

Perhaps their claims should fall under the same scrutiny as business expenses do. 

Using plain language principles and some basic, transparent business practices this should all be cleared up by summer!

And we can believe in these changes with same vigour we believe in the forecasts for above normal temperatures this summer.

Watch for ‘revised forecasts’. The weather one is due May 28th at 11 am on



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