(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

The parliamentary watchdog – the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority – is recommending that the identities of any MPs under investigation for cheating on their expenses will be kept secret from you.

Their reasoning?

Because naming names might be ‘unfair’ to MPs under investigation and ‘damage’ their reputations:

….media coverage of an investigation may unfairly tarnish the reputation of the MP.

The IPSA also reckons that their investigations will be better without ‘public scrutiny’:

The Compliance Officer is likely to find discussions with MPs, staff and others
more instructive and the evidence of a better quality when the discussions take place without the public scrutiny that accompanies press investigation.

You can read the full IPSA proposals here.

You’ve got till Sunday to express your opinion about the recommendations before they become accepted:

TELL IPSA TO KEEP EXPENSES INVESTIGATIONS PUBLIC

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