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Lessons from Abroad

The British House of Commons has something like 650 members. So far, about 325 of them, Labour, Tory and Liberal Democrat, have been found to have attempted to cheat the taxpayers of their country by claiming on expenses things that have nothing whatever to do with parliamentary life, and, on a far bigger scale, by “flipping” first and second homes to avoid taxes. If some of them have not broken the letter of the law, they have certainly broken and then spat upon the fragments of the spirit and ideals which made parliamentary democracy possible. One Tory grandee, the son…

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