I know I've not really commented on the proposals that Gordon Brown has made for expenses so I thought I would just pass a little comment this morning. All power to the Liberal Democrats for the line that these changes will bring the Brussels Gravy Train to the UK.
THe problem Brown has with these proposals is they stink of desperation rather than anything else. Just a few weeks ago he was saying that the review should take place first, now, in the wake of his office being in negative headlines he's changed his mind and it's so transpearantly [sic] spin as well as half-baked.
You can kind of see the logic of thinking it would work as a solution to pay MPs allowances based on attendance. The problem is, what about the work they do that does not involve Parliament? I;m thinking here about their BLOODY CONSTITUENCIES. Aren't these proposals just going to discourage them from even spending time there?
Let's get something straight, the "expenses rows" do not relate to the legitimate use of monetary resources for Parliamentarians to do their jobs. It relates in the most part to where certain MPs have blatantly bled the system for what its worth by getting second homes on the taxpayers and making huge capital gains from it.
You can fix that issue in a stroke by saying that no one is allowed to supplement a second mortgage on a property and that they can only use such allowances for rental payments for either an office or a place to sleep. At the same time there needs otbe checks so that this is not abused by, for example, a spouse getting a mortgage and then renting the property to their MP other-half.
Oh yes, and they should start taking packed lunches to work. That's what the vast majority of us proles do.