[tinfoil hat]Never thought I'd pose a question like this, but in light of the recent series of disasters that have befallen the Labour Party, Parliament, and Gordon McRuin in particular, one cannot help but think of the 'Lordification' of one Tony B Liar and his motivations. Doth he possess thy Lord's 'smoking gun'? It would seem that, if one had a bent for such things, the House of Commons may have walked blindly into a cleverly laid trap. One that has been laid SINCE Labour came to power. A trap (if it were so) that was laid by the removal of many checks and restrictions on MPs expenses. It would appear that members were even encouraged to 'get their due' as it was 'within the rules'. Many, many MPs fell immediately into the trap, driven by greed and vanity, and spent considerable sums of OUR money enriching themselves, buying fine Ermine robes, hugely expensive wallpaper and the like, and eating rich foods. Others, those of a more sensible and enlightened persuasion saw it as no more than a system of reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses legitimately incurred in the running of their offices and duties as representatives. They only asked for what was both legitimate AND morally right. A few, on a matter of 'principled conscience' declined to claim at all, seeing themselves as well-paid servants of the people. There are a considerable number of people in the process of losing their jobs, and some who may yet face criminal charges, whilst others can sleep easy at night knowing that their 'moral compass' was indeed pointing in the right direction. This begs the question - was Tony B Liar, with his 'God Driven' moral compass at the back of the trap - this being to push the venal into incriminating themselves, just as the Freedom of Information Act was punted and touted. Was it Tony B Lair who presented a sh!t sandwich for the perfidious Gordon McRuin AND those in Parliament whom he might see as venal, evil untermensch, just as he left office? Was the Vatican pleased with Tony B Liar for turning over the tables of those who would trade in the House of Parliament? Was this his 'entry ticket'? If so, could Tony B Liar be the breaking of Brussel too?[/tinfoil hat] Discuss.