The snapshot is from a BBC video showing the 200+ new MPs elected to Westminster at the 2010 general election.
We all assumed - at least I did with an excessive dod of optimism - that the 30% of new MPs, having given due consideration to the exposure of dubious and the often blatantly fraudulent dealings of some of their new colleagues, would respect the wishes of the people and act as honorable representatives.
However, along with their more 'established' colleagues they have voted to make themselves exempt from tax avoidance.
Section 554E(8) of the Finance Bill specifically exempts members of the House of Commons and the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority from the new legislation in situations where they are actually caught by it.
According to those 'in the know' there are other examples of MPs having special tax breaks which don't apply to ordinary taxpayers.
“The new rules on disguised remuneration are intended to catch complex arrangements designed to avoid income tax through loans made to executives, typically through offshore structures.
“It is difficult to see why MPs need this specific exemption. After the uproar over their expenses, I can’t believe that our elected representatives would dare to indulge in provocative tax avoidance. So why do they need the legislation to protect them?”
That was said by Mike Warburton of Grant Thornton. He won't be receiving an ermine cloak anytime soon.
So our latest intake of MPs were more concerned for their inflated salaries than the good of the people. I do wish I could express myself as well as my co-author articulates about our current representatives.
What has this to do with the Holyrood elections? Check out how your own MP voted here.
One friend in England has allowed me to publish part of an email conversation we had recently.
"Give them [the coalition] a 5 year term and all they will do is allow this form of deceit to continue for an extra year. I certainly don't like to accuse my English friends of apathy but their lack of concern makes me say so. What can we do to change things? England (Westminster) is the core of UK government. Isn't it time you Scots realised just how subservient you are to UK politics yet you could have a future like Switzerland if you had politicians with enough courage to attain it?"
What can I say.