Oh, clockwise from top left: Lord Clarke of Hampstead, Baroness Uddin, Lord Hanningfield, Elliot Morley, David Chaytor, Jim Devine.
Your humble Devil is cautiously overjoyed to see that a number of MPs and peers are, apparently, in the frame for prosecution.
The Daily Telegraph understands that detectives will imminently pass files on Labour MPs Elliot Morley, David Chaytor and Jim Devine, and peers Baroness Uddin, Lord Hanningfield and Lord Clarke of Hampstead to the Crown Prosecution Service.
Keir Starmer, the country’s top prosecutor, is expected to make a decision on whether to prosecute the politicians as early as January, before a General Election.
The Director of Public Prosecutions will decide whether the MPs and peers face court on counts of fraud, which carries a maximum sentence on conviction of 10 years, or false accounting, for which the maximum penalty is up to seven years.
Police and criminal lawyers are confident that charges will be brought.
Personally, I am less confident but, nevertheless, I really hope that we do get to see badly-rendered sketches of these fuckers in court, being prosecuted for fraud.
I have to say that I reckon that the true number of MPs and Lords actually being referred to the CPS should be about ten times this number, but it is good to see some progress being made—pour encourager les autres.
These bastards should be prosecuted with the full force of the law and the harsher their punishments, the louder my laughter will be.
P.S. Your humble Devil has written a couple of comments about Baroness Uddin.
UPDATE: as the Lone Voice points out, it would be most amusing were the newly extended Proceeds of Crime Act used to freeze their bank accounts and confiscate every possession that they own (amongst other things, with no income or assets, these thieving scum wouldn't be able to afford to hire a good defence lawyer).
That would really give these bastards a taste of their own medicine...