While most of the country’s attention has been focused on the serious issue of the swine flu outbreak, embattled Prime Minister Gordon Brown was forced to scale back his plans for expenses reform in the corrupted House of Commons.
His controversial plans to pay MPs a daily allowance to attend Parliament were rejected by the opposition parties, so he has had to think again. Whatever proposals he put forward may not help win him back both the public and political support that he desperately needs.
He should do the honourable thing…. and scrap the whole thing. Pay MPs a basic weekly wage and axe all expenses. It’s as simple as that. But of course, to Brown, nothing is often that simple.