The Commitee for Standards in Public Life, the Commons watchdog, doesn’t seem to think so.
Today it showed its thinly disguised disdain for the members estimate committee, chaired by Speaker Michael Martin, which is reviewing expenses and perks and is due to report in the summer. Read more
Ministers have been maintaining for ages that the housing market is not at the start of a painful crash. Even Caroline Flint, housing minister – who was photographed with a briefing note suggesting price falls of 10 per cent this year – has maintained that long-term demand remains strong. The prime minister, meanwhile, is pushing ahead with numerous ways to ensconce new first-time buyers on the wavering housing ladder.
Matthew Oakeshott, Lib Dem Treasury spokesman, has a suggestion for senior ministers. Read more