Peter Hoskin

A Parliamentary horror story

A Parliamentary horror story
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So far as the Government is concerned, there's no good time for these expense details to be released.  But now; now is just about the worst time they could have feared.  Just as the Smeargate story is losing most of its urgency -  with the resignation of Derek Draper from LabourList today - here's another scandal which will rock politics to its core.  And, as Martin suggests, Brown & Co. may bear the brunt of it all.  The main revelations so far involve our Dear Leader and members of his Cabinet, and they'll naturally be seen as the administration which has presided over this moral debasement of Parliament.  With the local elections under a month away, what promised to be a heavy, heavy defeat for Labour could now be an annhilation.

And yet: more will emerge, and all the main parties will come under heavy fire.  One worry has to be that groups like the BNP capitalise from an anti-politician sentiment come June.  Either way, this horror story has only just begun.