ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: A WEEK OF UPSETS

It is difficult to think of any week in which so much has been overturned as the one that has just passed. Members of parliament are in a dilemma. For years they have been making the taxpayers, who are their real employers, pay for personal laundry, house-cleaning and gardening work, housekeeping and repairs, mortgages and many other personal expenses which ordinary people in no way expect their employers to have paid, except indirectly through earned salaries and wages. They have been able to keep away from criticism by having no competent self-regulation and a code of secrecy protected in recent years by Speaker Michael Martin, whose recent elevation to the peerage is a disgrace. read more —>