The PM’s Pre-Budget Gambit

It seems to me that the decision by the Prime Minister to make an announcement about MPs’ allowances the day before the Budget is a strange coincidence. MPs’ expenses are such a big issue in the papers right now that the Prime Minister may well be hoping that this will deflect attention away from the bad news the Budget will bring. This Budget will show massive borrowing by the Government, the biggest-ever rise in unemployment, the longest recession since the War and that all previous Government predictions were wrong, so the Prime Minister will be desperate to draw people’s attention away from it.

I certainly agree that reform of the allowances’ system is needed and I have long supported more transparency and better audit, but I am surprised that his announcement has been made just 3 days before the start of the Inquiry into Allowances he requested.

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