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Sleaze and the Speaker

House of Commons Speaker Michael Martin has always struck me as very biased. I recall the way he handled the first PM questions of Gordon Brown to stifle debate and criticism. There is a tribal aspect to him that makes him seem ill-suited for the job.

Michael Martin earns £137,000 a year nonetheless. It is shocking therefore to read about £4000 taxi bills for his wife being put on expenses or his cashing in on 54,000 Air Miles earned during official flights to pay fares for relatives. Is it sleaze?

Not if you listen to the three establishment Party leaders who lined-up to defend him. The Labour mafia decrying the ‘right-wing’ press and crying witch-hunt was also predictable. 10 out of 10 for effort but the simple Truth is that few believe much of what these people say about anything anymore.


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