Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Flaming June

The heatwave continues.
Today two classes came in from Maple Ridge, about an hour and a half drive each way and I imagine those kiddies will sleep well tonight.

The whole sorry mess of MPs resigning over expenses is so very British. We are a great nation for falling on our swords. On the one hand, I do agree with Stephen Fry's comments that MPs fiddling their expenses doesn't really say anything about their ability to do their jobs. And then, there has been a growing culture of thinking that expenses are a perk of the job, and pressure to 'expense' things.
When my sister worked for a large London company, quite a few years back now, she was made to feel that she was letting the side down because she submitted too little in expenses.
Compare that with the post-war Labour leader and Prime Minister, Clement Attlee, who had to take a cab home from a late sitting of parliament one night, after public transport had stopped running, and paid for it himself, being unwilling to expect the British taxpayer to pay for a taxi.

But these are the times we live in. It's like a purge and, whilst I don't really blame the MPs who have stepped down, it's quite wonderful to know that there are so many who have not played that game, and that those who have are honourable enough to do the right thing.

We live in interesting times.

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