Friday, 11 June 2010

Laws for the rich

Private Eye's number crunching piece this week highlights the age-old adage of one law for the rich, another for the poor.

Disgraced government minister David Laws defrauded the state of £40,000 in payments to his partner without declaring their relationship. He was not charged, he was not asked to pay back the money.

Contrast that with a woman in Stoke on Trent who defrauded the state of £42,000 by not declaring that her partner was earning while she was on benefits. She received an 18-month jail sentence.

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