Your right to know
PUBLISHED: 16:37 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 23 August 2010
MOST MPs believe they have nothing to apologise for over the horrendous expenses scandal. They acted within the rules and laws, a justified way of saying we were given permission to screw the taxpayer. But as the election battlefield draws closer you ca
MOST MPs believe they have nothing to apologise for over the horrendous expenses scandal.
They acted within the rules and laws, a justified way of saying we were given permission to screw the taxpayer.
But as the election battlefield draws closer you can bet your last pennies, the one's you did not hand over in expenses claims, they will be pleading for your vote.
In most cases it is not a question of what's legal and what's not, as we are now seeing with the Lord Ashcroft 'non-dom' saga.
What MPs still don't understand is that it's about what's right. It comes down to job versus vocation. About transparency over secrecy.
Yes we all work to get money but some jobs are more than the pay cheque at the end of the month. The nurse or teacher on less than £20k, the social worker or child minder, a vocation as much as a job.
Politics is surely no different. That is except for the fact that tens of thousands of taxpayers put their faith and trust in their MP, like Gravesham's Conservative MP Adam Holloway, every day.
We trust them to stand up for us, we trust them to vote on our behalf and we trust their party to do the best for us and the country.
And with that we trust them to be transparent, to be open and not just treat their constituency as a stepping post to a plum parliament job. We rightly or wrongly believe they are in the job to make a difference and not to take the money and run.
When Gravesham MP Adam Holloway agreed to open his expenses receipts to the Reporter we published the facts.
There was no hidden agenda. We said he claimed £5,200 on carpets, £524 for a TV and £10,000 on stamp duty for a
We later revealed he accidentally claimed twice for council tax, of which he agreed to pay back £1,000.
And when we published the Lord Ashcroft story last week we thought the electorate had a 'right' to know - just look at YOUR response.