MPs’ expenses: Alan Duncan claimed £63,000 in mortgage ‘flip’ – Telegraph

MPs’ expenses: Alan Duncan claimed £63,000 in t sirtgage ‘flip’ – Telegraph.

“Mr Duncan, the shadow leader of the House of Commons, bought a country house in Rutland in 1992 without a mortgage being secured against the property.”

The shadow chancellor is being investigated by John Lyon, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.”

Not three months in and yet we are presented with more news of the disgusting attitude portrayed by the Conservative Party. They do not care if the less well off starve due to their budget cuts and VAT hike, provided that they and those like them remain either unaffected by their own rules or profit from them.

A culture of voter apathy has engulfed this country and is suffocating us under a blanket of antipathy toward politics in general.  If the European elections did not teach us the lesson we needed to learn about the dangers of abstinence from electoral participation then we certainly got what we deserved as a country.  As it stands, I regard the current coalition as no less than an affront to electoral democracy.  The Liberal democrats would have stood no chance of gaining any influence of any sort were it not for the fact that neither the Conservative party nor the Labour party had proven at all the popular favourite in the general election.  Nick Clegg is on record of stating his reluctance of working alongside the Labour Party and I wholly suspect that some form of agreement had already been made prior to he outcome of the election in May this year.

“…ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do and die…” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

The outward attitude and appearance of the Conservative Party is now as it has ever been; one of arrogance and self-assumed authority over the rest of us.  They have been given support from another party to aid their return to ‘power’ and in return the Liberal party have been allowed a say in the running of the country. Participation is one thing, but all we have seen so far are the Conservatives reversion back to the Dickensian manner of the Thatcherite government.

It enrages me to the point of apoplexy when they use the ‘deficit’ to justify cuts to implement idealogical changes. These cuts will hit ordinary working people the hardest when many MPs across the board  took hundreds of thousands of public money in ‘expenses’ to pay for frivolities just because they could.  Why are these funds not being recalled?  Why are we not hearing constant updates of how the banks are repaying the tax money they borrowed from us (repayments which should be charged at the same interest rate that they would charge us) two years ago? The banks are now doing so well they can afford to continue rewarding bonuses to those same bankers that  largely contributed to the crunch in the first place.  (How many of the rest of us are rewarded for clearing up our own mess?) The new coalition of ‘Con-Dems’ are quick to blame the previous Labour government ‘for not regulating the banks’ but when you think about the banking crisis, how then can they seriously go onto claim that a further deregulation of anything else would be any less disastrous?

A program on BBC Radio 4, last week raised the subject of the banking crisis. From the selection of speakers interviewed, not one showed on drop of remorse about instead played to our sympathies about how stressful their roles were.  Did they not chose those careers for themselves?  When the rest of us have a stressful role that makes us uncomfortable with the actions it requires of us we are socially expected to make the decision to change it. What the bankers are saying is that because they were not prohibited from their conduct by law, then their actions were both acceptable and not at all indefensible. I will not herald them nor make allowances because ethics were clearly absent in their decision making processes and drive toward profit at any ends.

There are many things that are not illegal but, by today’s standards, are morally repugnant to an ever growing proportion of the UK population. In view of this, I would urge that alongside the much needed repeal of the law that requires all schoolchildren to partake in daily acts of Christian worship, that ALL bankers are legally required to take a version of the Hippocratic oath.



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