Comment on Proportional Representation : The Single Transferable Vote by David.

The only reason why UKIP and the BNP and other smaller parties didn’t get caught out in the expenses scandal is they don’t have any MPs to be caught out. UKIP and BNP MEPs and councillors have been caught out on similar things though, so they are no less selfish as the other parties.

The whole expenses system was bound to fail in this way since the whole premise was MPs can claim for anything they want as the expenses are a replacement for MPs wage increases because the British people already think MPs are paid too much.

Rather than giving MPs a wage like £80K plus a year they gave them £64K a year plus £20K+ expenses which the vast majority of MPs took in full (or very close to full).

It really makes me laugh that multimillionaires like David Cameron complained at the expenses scandal when if you asked a person in the street if you were a multi-millionaire MP (like David Cameron) would you take a £64K (£120K if a minister) wage packet and claim £20K expenses on your mansion of a home and then argue for changes to the expenses system that you didn’t really need in the first place, but took full advantage of because you could, would that be the actions of a fair/honest person?

I think most people who have lived modest lives wouldn’t act that way. I certainly wouldn’t claim expenses as an MP if I was a multi-millionaire, it sends the wrong message.

David

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