A book to set democratic alarm bells ringing   Leave a comment

This book review was first published in October 2009 for the Spiked Review of Books

Martin Bell’s account of the expenses scandal has insights, but his willingness to embrace infringements upon parliamentary sovereignty in the name of restoring trust denigrates democracy.
British news headlines have been dominated for months by the MPs’ expenses scandal at Westminster. A large number of politicians, including the prime minister and the leader of the opposition, have been accused of over-claiming expenses for such trivialities as cleaning and gardening. In a few cases, the behaviour of politicians has been borderline fraudulent. The whole affair has brought parliament into disrepute.

The rest of this review can be read here: http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/reviewofbooks_printable/7647/

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Posted February 4, 2011 by suzydean in Constitutional Reform

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