Daily Archives: May 20, 2009

Hazel Blears has declared that the prime minister has “full confidence in me”. Remember only yesterday Brown branded her guilty of “totally unacceptable behaviour” over expenses.

We’re wondering whether this is a first. Plenty of prime ministers have declared their full confidence in a minister before casting them off. But has any minister claimed to have the full confidence of a prime minister? We can’t think of another example. I can’t imagine it bodes well. Read more

The expenses reforms announced by the Speaker are pretty tough. MPs would have saved themselves a lot of trouble by unveiling them a few weeks ago. No more furniture claims, tax dodges, gardening, decorations or televisions. The future for expenses muckrakers looks bleak. But what about past claims?  Surely some reforms should be applied retrospectively? Read more