Pass the sick bucket, Alice…..
Letters from two senior back benchers published in today’s Daily Telegraph lay bare the growing sense of frustration among MPs of all parties with the work of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.
They were written in response to an article Andrew McDonald, the chief executive of IPSA, and a speech by Sir Ian Kennedy, its chairman, who both defended the new system and accused MPs of failing to accept the “cultural change” needed following the expenses scandal.
MPs are frustrated and angry about the new expenses system, claiming it is bureaucratic and slow.
It might well be bureaucratic and slow – just like the taxation and pension claim systems the political class have foisted on us for years so they are getting a taste of their own medicine.
At a time when hundreds of thousands of people are either unemployed or on short time or reduced wages, when small businesses everywhere are struggling to survive the sight of MacShane, Fabricant and other assorted blowhard MPs whingeing about their expenses is about as welcome as a fee limit proposal at a lawyers convention.
Get over it – or, even better, get out of Parliament and find yourselves a real job….