Dennis MacShane, the Labour MP, seems not to have learned much from the expenses scandal. He wrote an, admittedly humorous, article in the Evening Standard a few days ago giving advice to any incoming ministers. One of the pearls of wisdom advised taking advantage of the ministerial car unlike those backbench MPs, especially women, who would have to risk being mugged on their journeys home from late sessions at the House after travelling by public transport.
Incredible isn’t it – the one group who can really do something about lawlessness complaining that they now have to go through what 90% of the rest of the population do on a regular basis? And it’s a guaranteed vote winner, who’s going suffer at election time by advocating a policy of more visible and active policing? The cost of this is dwarfed by comparison to the budgets of such bodies as the NHS and the armed forces.
If that’s indicative of what MPs have learned and how they still think of themselves as privileged and distant from the man in the street it’s both sad and infuriating.