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Upper house to meet lower classes in jail

When they are in prison, many young rioters will have the opportunity of meeting former members of the House of Commons and current members of the House of Lords guilty of defrauding the taxpayer by inflating, or fabricating, their expenses claims.

One imagines both sides will be eager to discuss the slow-motion decay of the moral fabric of the nation and to determine whether it spread from the lower orders to the upper ones, or vice versa.

In the cosmic scheme of things, it is difficult to say whether it is worse to steal a television when you cannot afford it, or to put in a claim for having your wisteria trimmed when you can.

DAVID PARRIS

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