MPs fail in craven attempt to avoid justice over expenses

The three former Labour MPs facing criminal charges over their expenses have lost their final appeal at the Supreme Court to avoid trial.

Jim Devine, David Chaytor and Elliot Morley argued they shouldn’t be put on trial in a criminal court because their expenses are covered by parliamentary privilege. Their desperate attempt to be treated differently to other alleged criminals because they are part of the political class has underlined the ‘them and us’ sense of entitlement that pervades Parliament.

The three troughing attempted justice evaders have denied theft by false accounting in relation to their parliamentary expense claims. Thankfully in this instance the law has avoided being an ass and the Supreme Court – only surpassed in power by every cross jurisdictional court in Europe – ruled the MPs were not protected by their ludicrous claim of parliamentary privilege.

Trials will now follow at Southwark Crown Court beginning later this month. They should be open and shut cases and the three men should be hoping fellow politician Kenneth Clarke can wreck the prison system before they are invited to become guests of Her Majesty.

This case, as mentioned previously on this blog, highlights the need for a written constitution for this country. It also confirms the need for a political revolution to turf out the political class and confer real power to the British people.

2 Responses to “MPs fail in craven attempt to avoid justice over expenses”

  1. 1 Barry 10/11/2010 at 1:11 pm

    We have written constitutional documents. The problem is that the buggers in Westminster do not stick to them! I would fear a written constitution being drawn up in this day and age and with any involvement from those who work in Westminster.

    The troughers have been unable to hide behind Parliamentary Privilege for perfectly sensible reasons – PP is no shield for criminal activity. This incident does not really add support to the need for a *new* constitution as the question was justifiably raised by their defence and batted away. The process has worked.

  2. 2 Tufty 10/11/2010 at 1:14 pm

    I find this case brings out the worst in me because deep down I’d quite like them to go to jail without bothering with a trial. Well – not that deep down. Quite near the surface actually.

    Oh dear – their corruption must be corrupting me – quick – stick it on the charge sheet.

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