Yesterday I was rightly reprimanded by one of my readers for not mentioning David Mundell and his current problems. My quick reply was that I'd always been told never to kick a man when he's the last one standing, but in Mr Mundell's case he's the only one standing, so I will make an exception.
Police have confirmed they are investigating a complaint of an alleged breach of election expenses rules by Scotland's only Tory MP. It follows a weekend report in the Sunday Herald that a bill for £799 had been omitted from Mr Mundell's campaign costs. Dumfries and Galloway constabulary said it had been asked to investigate.
Mr Mundell said a mistake had been made in completing expense forms but this was due "solely to human error" and was "not any attempt to mislead". He continued, "Such mistakes are not uncommon in election returns and there are established procedures for dealing with them".
Mr Mundell informed the electoral commission, who have an interest in such matters, as soon as it was drawn to his attention.
What is it with MPs that they can't fill in a form? They're very fortunate because they will possibly never have to apply for the likes of pension credit or any of these means-tested benefits which require the applicant to complete pages of personal detail.
As for the matter being brought to the attention of the electoral commission - this seems to be the standard defence from those found out. The electoral commission will slap him on the wrist and say, "naughty boy, don't do it again" and that will be that. Will his admission that he's committed this fraud cause him future problems? I doubt it even although this isn't the first time he's had problems with his expenses.