I've just read another piece on the subject of expenses by an MP who is trying to divert blame on the story to the Telegraph and the media in general. The MP in question, who has cross-posted at Comment is Free is none other than John Prescott, and the article contains the typical obsfucation that we have come to expect from politicians.
Prescott attemtps to argue that the media is in dying need of regulation beyond its self-regulation. He goes on to argue that the Press Complaints Commission is weak and essentially puts forward the thesis that it is a Tory front through the classic circumstantial ad hominen we all know and love.
Then we have a shrill complaint that the Telegraph got the expenses information by paying for stolen property, breaching PCC code and also in effect aiding and abetting a crime. However, the most hilarious part of Prescott's argument is that the Telegraph stories were all going to come out soon anyway because of "Labour's Freedom of Information Act".
Mr Prescott, that is, and you know it, a complete load of bollocks. I won't go as far as to say you are lying because you may just be so stupid that you genuinely believe it to the the case. However, the rest of us know that the information that was going to be released would have had redacted addresses in it. The impact of this would have meant such things as "flipping" would not have been known about, nor things like phantom mortgages.
That means, that of the MPs that have currently said they will step down at the next election, none would have likely gone because all we would know was that they claimed X for Y, rather than they claimed X for Y on a property in Southampton whilst being the MP for Luton. I'm sure Prescott must know this, but like I say perhaps he's too stupid to get it.