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Sunday, 7 December 2014

The perks of a rotten structure

 http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/dec/07/champagne-house-of-lords-reform-taxpayer


Champagne wars in the Lords as peers say no to a cheaper vintage


Since 2010, the Lords has bought in 17,000 bottles of champagne, enought for five for every peer.
Since 2010, the Lords has bought in 17,000 bottles of champagne



 

This story adds to the list of things wrong with the people who populate the corridors of the Palace of Westminster. Commons and Lords, filled with people who care only for themselves and retaining their position of privilege in society.
Expenses, extortionate salary increases, perks of subsidised food and alcohol and all the other trimmings of Parliamentary life are indicative of a system which is corrupt and which encourages greed and selfishness amongst those who are part of and profit from it. The phrase "Parliamentary privilege" takes on a whole new meaning when abuses and self indulgences such as this are exposed. 
There is a compelling argument from dissolving the whole rotten structure and starting again from scratch.