The politicians think that if they apologise, and perhaps, and only perhaps, pay some, and only some, of the excess expense claims back, the public will get over it.
They are accepting the fact that they will do badly at the Euro elections, but these aren’t important anyway as none of the larger parties have any intention of pulling Britain out of the EU. They are pretty certain that, come the UK elections for Parliament, Joe Public will be pleased they gave the government and opposition a bloody nose in the European parliament, and things will be back to normal.
They could be right but personally, I am hoping that our great British public aren’t as gullible as politicians imagine they are.
I am hoping that once we get all MPs expenses listed in full with names, and each expense claims shown separately under each name, we can use this as a start to get councils to do the same, once councils are doing this we have to start on the BBC. When all their expenses are listed we should be looking at everybody, public or private, who receive the tax-payers money to do the same.
And we mustn’t stop there. We must force the government to insist that every organisation who claims funding from the National Lottery does the same. In this case, lists every penny of lottery funding should be accounted for.
By then, we will have got the bit between the teeth and can look into all other public areas where recipients of our hard earned money toe the line. For example, The Inland Revenue executives should not only list all their expenses, but issue quarterly accounts showing how much they have extorted from the public and exactly where it has gone.
Only then will the public be on the first rung of the ladder of taking control away from faceless bureaucrats.