The Daily Telegraph has been running a week long exposé of British Members of Parliament and their corrupt abuse of a very opaque expense account system.
It makes for thoroughly disillusioning reading. Public money used to renovate houses that are then sold for a tidy – and often untaxed profit – as well as claims for, amongst other things, cleaning a moat around a country estate, and for mortgage payments on a house that had already been paid for. Some illegal, some irresponsible, some petty. Enough, even, to taint those whose claims have been fair and honorable. The fall-out has been a wave of public revulsion, one that is likely to have unpredictable and possibly dangerous consequences – as in the election of members of the far-right and racist British National Party, currently a fringe group.
Greed knows no bounds.