Whilst at the heart of this story there is a question over why the UK taxpayer should be shelling out on rent for 2 flats in London for MPs who are rarely there and never take there seats, again there is nothing illegal about the £437,405 Sinn Fein’s MPs have claimed over the last eight years.. Still David Cochraine does raise one interesting question arising:
If they are not travelling to London to take their seats, what are they using them for? If it’s for party use, are their questions raised as a result, or, worse, are they being use for personal (ie, non-representative) work?
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty