Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Another step towards totalitarianism

clipped from news.bbc.co.uk
Showdown looms over

MPs' expenses


Gordon Brown is to order Labour MPs to back a controversial plan to exempt details of MPs' expenses from the Freedom of Information Act.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said the move was "outrageous". Lib Dem and Tory MPs will be ordered to vote against it.

The move follows a long-running Freedom of Information case in which campaigners sought to get details of MPs' expenses, which totalled £87.6m in 2006-7, published.

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Prime Minister Gordon Brown has effectively shot the concerned electorate in the back of the head. Blackpool MP Gordon Marsden has voiced his support to deny the paying public a right to see exactly how our hard earned pennies, pounds are being wasted.