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Cheques And Balances

by | 22nd, October 2004

‘THERE is something rather wonderful about Fleet Street’s finest trying to work themselves into a lather of moral indignation about the size of MPs’ expenses.

And why can’t they move to a smaller house?

An expression about pots and kettles immediately springs to mind.

After all, some of the greatest works of fiction of the past 200 years have been journalists’ expense claims.

The first lesson would-be hacks receive is not about how best to construct a news story, but about how best to fill in their expenses.

Many is the scribbler working for a national paper with no more idea how to write shorthand than Chinese, but the hack who is not master of the expense form is like Victoria Beckham’s singing voice it doesn’t exist.

That said, the British journalist is nothing if not professional and is happy to ignore the bit about ”he who is without sin” to cast the first stones in the MPs’ direction.

The Telegraph leads on the news that the average member claims £118,000 in expenses on top of their £57,000 salary and that the expense bill has risen by a third

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