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Rules are rules... unless you're a 'representative'

Yet again, ordinary citizens can see that there is one range of rules for us and another for our elected 'representatives' and bureaucrats. Westminster is no longer its own 'village'; it is on another planet.

In spite of the Government's commitment to introduce a statutory register of lobbyists and recall regulations, nothing has been done.

So, we now know that we still have MPs and peers who know they can continue raking in personal loot with little, if any, chance of being found out.

Such people should lose their seat, or peerage, and any publicly funded benefit they would otherwise be entitled to, just as any member of staff acting against their employer's interests would face immediate dismissal.

Until our political system rejoins our planet, why should we comply with the set of rules imposed on us by those who can't even stick to their own set?

MALCOLM MACINTYRE

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