Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Three Cheers for the Daily Telegraph (and Guido Fawkes!)
Well, I don't write much for the Daily Telegraph so I can't be accused of being a toady and I certainly don't agree with many of their editorial positions.
But bravo to the paper for spilling the beans over MPs expenses. It would have been easy for the Telegraph, which supports the Conservatives, merely to have published the details of Labour MPs expenses. But to their credit they've turned their guns on the Tories too. The Daily Telegraph has done the British public a great service, unlike The Times which has throughout taken a much softer, elitist line. (is it any wonder given the unpopular editorial positions it is taking at present that the sales of The Times are now down to a paltry 600,000 a day and the paper is losing around £1m a week ?)
Bravo too to the blogger Guido Fawkes, who has also played a blinder on this issue.
I've long maintained that the real divide in British politics is not between Labour and Conservative, but between the MPs and the rest of us. After the latest revelations does anyone out there disagree?
Public contempt for British parliamentarians- of all parties- is at an all time high.
So what's the answer for those who feel totally disgusted with the behaviour of our elected representatives and who want something very different?
Watch this space for some suggestions.