Most MPs are sheep

June 3, 2009

Matthew Parris wrote an interesting article in The Times yesterday about the fact that most MPs (and he fears that would’ve included him had he still been in parliament at the time) were simply following what others did in regards to the expenses.

Here are a couple of interesting excerpts:

“… you will never get the logic of the MPs’ responses to the expenses crisis until you know their secret starting-point. In their hearts they do not believe most of them have done anything seriously wrong.”

“But the sheep — about two thirds of the House — have simply grazed where the others grazed, keeping within the fenced perimeter of allowable expenses, finding safety in numbers and never asking if the boundaries were right, or how it might look in the press.”

An interestingly honest view of it all from someone who has served as an MP.