Former minister Elliot Morley, MP for Scunthorpe, will face two charges in relation to a total of £30,000 of mortgage interest claims on a property in Winterton, Lincolnshire between 2004 and 2007.
The charges allege he made claims "in excess of that to which he was entitled" and - for part of the period when "there was no longer a mortgage on that property".
David Chaytor, MP for Bury North, is accused of "dishonestly claiming" £1,950 for IT services and further sums of £12, 925 and £5,425 relating to rent claims on properties which he and his mother allegedly owned.
Livingston MP Jim Devine is accused of "dishonestly claiming" money for cleaning services and for stationery using false invoices.
Essex County Council leader Paul White - the Conservative peer Lord Hanningfield - is accused of "dishonestly" submitting claims "for expenses to which he knew he was not entitled" - including overnight stays in London.
So, four thieving, troughing little piggies have been charged—and one case is still under consideration. I think that I feel much the same as The Nameless Libertarian...
The time for rage and ranting is over – at least for me. My anger on this issue is spent. I’ve moved towards acceptance: acceptance that we have been rinsed by a bunch of troughing fucks who…
Wait, hold up, I’m drifting back to anger. Enough.
But this scandal shouldn’t end with the repayments and the charges. We have an election this year, and we should remember the frauds committed by our elected representatives when we go to the ballot box. A fundamental question that needs to be applied to each candidate is whether we feel they will act as a public servant, rather than just serving themselves from the public purse. As the actions of many of those in this parliament have shown, that is almost as important as agreeing with their ideologies.
I think that we should all bear in mind that these four men were not the only ones who stole our money—MPs have been ordered to repay £1.1 million more. It is simply the case that the Fraudulent Four happen to have been selected, and sufficient evidence collated, to be charged.
This does not alter the fact that we know that almost every other cunt in Parliament is a thieving shitbag with the morals of an alleycat.
So, it's a victory—but we have only won the battle, not the war.