Kevin Barron doesn’t seem to understand the public’s anger at the row over MPs expenses.
He doesn’t seem to understand that the Speaker of the House stands accused of:
- Spending huge sums of money pointlessly trying to block publication of the details of MPs expenses
- Being biased
- Making dodgy expenses claims of his own
- Seeking to divert attention away from the dodgy claims by questioning the methods of The Telegraph.
and for those reasons he had to go. It isn’t making him ‘a scapegoat’ – he had to resign, and no doubt others will as well – we, the public, want to know exactly what our MPs – including Kevin Barron – have spent our money on. The Speaker resigning doesn’t close the issue.
Of course Kevin Barron see’s it differently – he seems sure the demands for the Speaker to go from the public and the Commons was simply because of ‘snobbery.’ Kevin’s theory is that people wanted rid of Michael Martin because he is the highest ranking ‘commoner’ but is the son of sheet metal worker.
This is absolute nonsense. People wanted rid of hime because his handling of this affair has been appalling. It’s as simple as that.
A member of the Standards and Privileges Committee, Mr Barron also criticised some of his colleagues involved in the expenses row, and said that he thought some claims could attract criminal charges.
“My breath has been taken away,” he said.
Indeed, Mr Barron. Our breath has been taken away too. It is precisely because of the shocking detail in the claims made public that we want to know how you have spent £142,693 of second home allowance on since 2001.
It would be good if you could follow the advice Tony Lloyd, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party gave almost a week ago and publish your on expense details as soon as possible. The invitation to do so here still stands.