Meet the Conservative politician who is putting up the most brazen opposition yet to transparency on expenses
But today news has emerged of an elected Conservative politician who is putting up what is surely the most implacable opposition yet to letting the public know how he is spending taxpayers' money in expenses.
Brian Coleman (pictured) is a Conservative member of the London Assembly and this is what he said to the Standard's Paul Waugh, when the reporter asked if he would - like the Mayor and other 24 Assembly Members - be voluntarily publishing his expenses receipts:
He also makes the following sweeping allegation:
“Politicians with lower expenses tend to be the politicians who do least work. Those with higher expenses are the ones who do most work.”
Pretty astounding stuff - I imagine our friends at the TaxPayers' Alliance will have something to say about it.
Two things occur to me:
1. Why should we be paying for politicians' grocery bills anyway?
2. Is he suggesting that I am a) mad, b) bad, c) sad, or d) mad, bad and sad, for taking an interest in these matters?