Yesterday was a good day for some politicians and not for others, as is perhaps usually the case. While Westminster MPs boasted 'we stood up to Europe' by rejecting the European Court's ruling that prisoners must get the vote, one Labour MP was sentenced to a year's imprisonment for fraud and another found guilty of the same offence. The only difference was they used slightly diverse styles in their efforts to steal public money.
We all know that yesterday's vote carries no weight and is mere posturing. Until the UK is willing to comply with ECHR's ruling, they will be delighted to relieve us of considerable sums of money, classed as fines. There's the matter of compensation claims to consider too but that won't worry the believers in the Human Rights Act which David Cameron said he would revise.
Disgraced Labour MP, Eric Illsley, was jailed for a year yesterday for fiddling his parliamentary expenses. The former Labour MP, Jim Devine, was found guilty of making false expense claims at the same court. He will be sentenced in four weeks. How the man managed to get anywhere near the House of Commons defeats me but he appears to have worked his way through the labour party system of being 'somebody' in the unions.
A question was posed to me this week.
'Bearing in mind in mind that charges and convictions generally represent only a fraction of criminal activity, it does seem that either:
1 A high proportion of the political class is drawn to crime
2 A high proportion of the criminal class is drawn to politics'
I've yet to give my answer but this blog may be some help for some of you.