Canadians could learn a lot from Brits

Canadians take note, Gordon Brown, English Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party, has been forced to apologize publicly on behalf of MPs from every political party in the Commons because of a huge parliamentary expense claims scandal.

Canadians take note, Gordon Brown, English Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party, has been forced to apologize publicly on behalf of MPs from every political party in the Commons because of a huge parliamentary expense claims scandal.

A British national newspaper is revealing the extent of this scandal on a daily basis.

One Tory MP claimed on his expenses for the moat around his medieval house to be cleaned.

One Labour MP claimed on her expenses for the dry rot to be fixed in her second house far from her constituency.

There were even claims from some MPs for chocolate bars; this from people who have incomes that most of us would be delighted to receive.

These are the same MPs who continually tell ordinary people to make cutbacks and complain about the slightest infringement of benefit claims by the sick or unemployed.

Clearly they and their lifestyles are far removed from the problems that the majority of people face daily.

In the same way that workers in Canada should be able to rely on the NDP, the working people in the UK should be able to rely on the honesty and integrity of Labour MPs.

In order to keep Labour MPs in touch with the problems of ordinary people and ensure that the original socialist aims of the Labour Party are carried out, Labour MPs should only receive the average industrial wage, their expenses should be vetted by party members and they should also be subject to recall.

Keith Wyatt

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