MPs and the Crown Dependencies: same excuses

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I loved this from Sir Anthony Steen, said on the World at One, quoted in the Guardian:

This was no fault on my part. We have a wretched government here which has completely mucked up the system and caused the resignation of me and many others because it was this government that introduced freedom of information.

Time and again we’re told by those in the Crown Dependencies that people’s private affairs are no-one’s business but their own.

Sorry, that’s not true.

You see, dodging tax legally from behind a veil of secrecy is exactly the same as making an abusive but legal expense claim in the House of Commons from behind a veil of secrecy. Both abuse the public purse. Both have to stop.

PS: He even had the temerity to offer the same explanation of those who protest about those who complain as do those who do likewise in the Crown Dependencies:

Do you know what this is about? Jealousy.

Oh no it isn’t. Wanting to uphold the rule of law, striving for ethical behaviour and seeking to ensure all are treated equally is not about jealousy. It is about justice. And that’s very, very different. Jealousy is driven by a lack of compassion for the condition of another human being, justice by the exact opposite. You’re wrong Sir Anthony: we’re better off without you. The only concern is that you’ll be replaced by someone worse.

And that’s why we need electoral reform, now.