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Monday, 31 May 2010

The Telegraph Fiddles while Britain Burns

How much more expenses poison will The Telegraph drip-feed in its attempt to kill off ministers and derail the coalition Government’s attempts to sort out our economic mess? Not satisfied with getting rid of possibly the best person for the job they are now after his successor. Who next? We must draw a line under the expenses saga.
If The Telegraph has evidence of wrong doing why have they held it back? We need to move on. If there are further stories which they think the public should know about, keep them until the economy is back on its feet. Then they can try to recoup the £110,000 they reportedly paid through a middle-man to the mole who illegally obtained the stolen data on MPs expenses.
Happy to profit from their stolen goods I heard one Telegraph columnist on Sky News suggest that they couldn’t not print a good story. Why? There are precedents, the Duke of Windsor’s affair and Churchill’s drinking to name but two. This is not to cover up wrong doing but to see the broader picture. We are at war with our financial crisis but the small minded in our midst continue to look at the minutia. Let’s have a sense of proportion please.


  1. Quite right. Whereas undoubtedly the Telegraph initially had a scoop, they themselves are becoming part of the story. If there are any further alleged misdemeanours the evidence should be handed over to the authorities for investigation now. Yes, expenses fiddling is bad, but we need a stable political system to sort out the bigger economic mess. The Telegraph had ample opportunity to alert the electorate of dodgy politicians before we elected them into office at the General Election. By withholding that information until after the General Election is would seem that the Telegraph has been complicit in perpetrating at least a partial cover up.

  2. I don't think that we should stop journalists from printing good stories. They may have (voluntarily) done it in the past, but we don't live in that sort of society any more. The issue is journalists padding out crap stories with innuendo and smears. That is unacceptable.