Iain Dale chooses the moment of a Sunday Times revelation that Alan and Anne Keen MPs claimed some life insurance to bear down hard on expenses. Now I don't know anything about the particular circumstances of this cover, and there's not much at the Times, though it does call it a "scam"; that's in the headline only by the way which may mean something to lawyers out there.
If this is indeed a "scam", though apparently fully approved, the book should be thrown at all responsible and the whole expenses regime be unpacked and repacked fit for purpose.
But I'm struck by Iain's weaselish:
I'm not actually seeking to make a party political point out of this as I am sure there are some odd expenses which have come to light for Conservative MPs too.
Which is pretty rich given his point blank REFUSAL to cover the far greater scams perpetrated by his bessie mate Derek Conway which refusal he excused robustly, yet rather feebly, HERE.
Yes, indeed Iain, "there are some odd expenses which have come to light for Conservative MPs too". And your claim to not make a party political point is destroyed when you don't cover those.
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