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Thursday, 12 May 2011

Lawslessness

On Friday of last week, a woman was found guilty of breaking the rules so she could claim over £372,000 of public money to which she was not entitled. Her punishment: a ten month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

On Monday this week, a retired nurse in Leeds was found guilty of breaking the rules so she could claim over £37,000 of public money to which she was not entitled. Her punishment: sent to prison for four months.

On Thursday this week, an MP and recent Coalition Cabinet member David Laws was found guilty of breaking the rules so he could take nearly £60,000 of public money to which he was not entitled. His punishment: suspended from the House of Commons for seven days and forced to say "sorry", a punishment so harsh, so barbaric, that it may well contravene the provisions of the Human Rights Act in relation to torture.

MPs usually fight to be first in the queue up to condemn people who break the rules so that they can claim public money to which they are not entitled. Where Mr Laws is concerned though, it's more a case of being the first in the queue to say well, it's not that bad really and he's a thoroughly decent chap. Funny, that.

We are, of course, all in this together.

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