Leader: Expensive decision on MPs’ expenses
Jun 19 2009 by Val Javin, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
SO NOW we finally have them, details of MPs’ expenses as published by the House of Commons.
But the release online of thousands of detailed receipts and expenses claim forms will have done little to dampen down the still simmering anger over the biggest scandal to hit Parliament in decades.
For what the newly released details underline is that without the leaking of information to the Daily Telegraph, none of the most troubling issues about the expenses system would have been revealed.
House of Commons authorities have, in effect, censored the information taking out detail such as addresses, bank information and staff names. They will assert that they acted in order to protect MPs’ security.
What they have succeeded in removing is something of still greater concern – the security of public belief in the transparency of the system by which we elect those who represent us and by which they conduct themselves.
Those blue pencils could have destroyed something well nigh impossible to replace.