Thursday, 23 April 2009

Brown's Expense Plan Rejected

Sir Christopher Kelly launched his inquiry into MPs expenses today with a bang:
"There must be reform and it must be done properly. This is not something that should be left to politicians to sort out for themselves. If public confidence is to be restored, there needs to be an independent inquiry by people with no political agenda of their own which can look hard at all the evidence and that is open to anyone who wants to contribute.”(read more)
This is the third strike to Brown's proposals, with Tories and Lib Dems saying they would not support them. If Brown looses the vote next week by rebelling backbench MPs, that will further damage his authority.

Though for a tax payer Sir Kelly's words are very heartening. He looks set to make a clear distinction between salary and expenses, I hope it isn't just hot air.

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