The map is not the territory

So, we say an eventual farewell to the current system of MPs’ allowances and expenses.

Many might say good riddance.

I, however, say that there was nothing wrong with it that a little pruning of Green Book Allowances, more careful vetting of claims by the Fees Office and decisive leadership couldn’t have sorted out – without the need for a shiny new quango.

No, the problem was not the system, but the people who abused it.

We don’t need a new system – we need new people.

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