Today's revelations that Police will investigate the worst excesses of the MP's expenses scandal is to be welcomed and will go a long away to reassure those that have lost confidence in politicians and the polotical system that change is on the way and that this type of behaviour will no longer be tolerated.
It is of course only right that anyone who claims mortgage interest payments on a non existent mortgage should face a criminal investigation as there would seem that a prima facia case of fraud was committed.
The numerous cases of 'flipping' that have come to light (swapping second homes to maximise their second home allowances) are not quite as clear cut as being worthy of criminal investigation as claiming phantom mortgage payments; but there is most certainly a big question mark over their 'ethical behaviour' and calls into question their fitness to serve in government. One of those 'flipping' MP's and a Minister in the Office of the Leader of the House is Chris Bryant who has done rather well out of the expenses and Andrew Nutt in his blog today outlines Bryant's claims in detail. The question now is, should he stay or should he go?