Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Shoot the messenger

Well, we all know whose fault it is that the media is gleefully publishing details of ... ahem ... inappropriate expenses listed by our underworked representatives:
A newspaper has claimed it had been offered computer discs containing full details of MPs' expenses claims for the last five years for £300,000.

The Times said it was offered the politically-sensitive material by a businessman with a company based in the City of London and similar offers were made to other papers.

The report came as Commons officials began a hunt for a mole believed to have leaked details of invoices submitted by MPs to support their claims for allowances of up to £23,000 a year on their second homes.
Shocking. Not like MPs using their position to extract confidential information from civil servants in order, not to raise it in the House, but publish it in the media.