“They think we’ve all got our noses in the trough..”

On the Politics Show Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward, MP, put forward a reasonable defence of his own expenses claims and of the principle behind the system of payments – although others will have to answer for themselves. He also identifies the real damage being done to the body politic and the need for reform there and here. But his defence of Sinn Féin MPs over the possible NI exemption clause – “[Sinn Féin] actually said to me ‘we want to be treated the same as everybody else'” – ignores the fact that the Sinn Féin MPs are currently being treated differently to everybody else..

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