James Forsyth

Three down today, more to come tomorrow

Three down today, more to come tomorrow
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The expenses saga shows no sign of coming to an end. Today saw three departures from political life. The Tory Sir Peter Viggers is leaving Parliament at the next election to spend more time with his duck pond. Ben Chapman, a Labour MP, who over claimed on his mortgage is stepping down. And the Lib Dem campaign guru Lord Rennard is quitting as the party’s chief executive. Though, he claims this is not related to revelations about his expenses. Word is that tomorrow’s Telegraph will bring another set of embarrassing revelations. There are several backbench Tories in the frame apparently. As this story goes on, public anger grows. Although Cameron and Clegg have handled this crisis better than Brown, neither of them has been leading—as opposed to following—public opinion. But in the current circumstances one wonders whether any political leader can actually get ahead of the public’s anger.

Written byJames Forsyth

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

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