• Author:Ben Jones
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They do not get it

The reaction of a number of MPs to Sir Thomas Legg’s audit and letters showed they still do not get it. MPs who are now complaining they have been unfairly treated by Sir Thomas will not get much sympathy from me or most voters in Halton.

All MPs, whether they have been asked to repay money or not, need to take responsibility for the mess that Parliamentary expenses and the reputation of politicians and politics is in. They all failed to deal with the culture of expenses and allowances in Parliament, whether by claiming money most of us feel they shouldn’t, or by turning a blind eye to others claiming them. Their lack of leadership is to blame for the current crisis, not Sir Thomas Legg.