Thursday, January 31, 2008

Derek Conway

The recent scandal of Derek Conway and his expenses is an absolute disgrace and undermines our whole political system. If as a councillor I'd done anything remotely similar, I would probably now by looking at criminal charges for fraud and would be thrown off the council.

Standards in public life in this country are generally very high especially compared to countries like Italy where corruption is endemic. If they're are to remain high, then instances like Derek Conway should result in harsher punishment and a great deal more then a 10 day suspension from the Commons. Although he has now belatedly announced he's standing down - he should given the serious nature of his offences be facing expulsion and being ordered to pay back the money.


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