There’s been an interesting scandal brewing over the last few days about a lack of transparency on undeclared payments to Conservative MP for Northampton South David Mackintosh.
At first this looks like just another local story of dodgy goings-on by an elected official. But this one has an extra strong whiff of hypocrisy to it.
According to the ConservativeHome website, Mackintosh has been putting himself forward as a champion of greater transparency in government:
“As a local councillor he has championed greater transparency…”
“I have a very simply view of finance in government … if you don’t have anything to hide then you won’t mind showing the public how you’ve spent it.”
Clearly, when it comes to transparency and openness, Mackintosh’s standards are so high – they’re practically double.