James Forsyth

If Cameron, Hague and Osborne are all clean, the Tories are in the clear

If Cameron, Hague and Osborne are all clean, the Tories are in the clear
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Fraser and I were having supper with some political folk last night when the expenses story broke. After everyone had digested the Telegraph’s write-up, conversation turned to the Tories: were their claims to be going to worse or not?

In truth, I don’t think that matters. There are only three members of the shadow Cabinet who have anything approaching national name recognition: Cameron, Hague and Osborne. Labour, by virtue of being in government for more than a decade, has far more politicians who the country os aware of. 

As long as the Tories the country knows haven’t made any outrageous claims then this story will hurt Labour more than it does the Tories. Although, obviously, this is yet another scandal that undermines peoples’ faith in all politicians and politics.  I fear that the only winners from the disgraceful behaviour of so many MPs will be the extremists.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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