Jacqui Smith's expenses


I’ve never been the biggest fan of Jacqui Smith, but her latest interview makes me wonder how and why she remained in one of the most crucial public jobs for so long. She seems genuinely unremorseful for her part in the expenses scandal and still fails to understand why the public are so angered.

She claims that she was treated unfairly by the media and the public, as she received a lot more criticism than other MPs who had made claims for much greater amounts. She sounds like a school playground excuse, ‘the other children are all misbehaving too!’

The fact is, one of the jobs of a Home Secretary is to combat crime, her position became untenable once she decided to start robbing us of our hard-earned money. Like many MPs she thought she had the ‘right; to whatever she wanted without any repercussions.

It is difficult to get into the mindset of an MP who fiddles their expenses but still tries to convince themselves and the public that they only ever went into politics to help society. They’re either still trying to pull the wool over our eyes, or they’re pulling it over their own. In the interview Jacqui Smith claims that she stepped down from politics because it was the right thing to do ‘for her’ and ’her family’ – well at least she’s not lying to us any more, she admits there was no consideration for the public in her decision to step down. She had simply milked the system for as much as she could.

The real kicker came when she admitted, with a ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ face, that she would probably still be in public office if the expenses had not been exposed. Yes Jacqui, it’s our fault you’re corrupt!