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Our government isn't even trying to hide their corruption anymore Watch

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    What the ****

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016...xpenses-after/

    A Tory peer was being prosecuted for fiddling his expenses. Parliament literally told the courts that it's a matter for Parliament and the CPS isn't allowed to prosecute him.

    It doesn't get anymore blatant than this, they aren't even trying to hide how disgustingly corrupt they are anymore. They have literally just went to the courts and told them they aren't allowed to take action against their friends.
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    (Original post by JordanL_)
    What the ****

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016...xpenses-after/

    A Tory peer was being prosecuted for fiddling his expenses. Parliament literally told the courts that it's a matter for Parliament and the CPS isn't allowed to prosecute him.

    It doesn't get anymore blatant than this, they aren't even trying to hide how disgustingly corrupt they are anymore. They have literally just went to the courts and told them they aren't allowed to take action against their friends.
    This isnt really a crime though. As I understand, he was at Parliament on the days he claimed expenses, but if he was only there for half an hour some days, then that seems more like a flaw in the expenses system for not accounting for situations like that.
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    (Original post by Esoteric-)
    This isnt really a crime though. As I understand, he was at Parliament on the days he claimed expenses, but if he was only there for half an hour some days, then that seems more like a flaw in the expenses system for not accounting for situations like that.
    Surely it's for the courts to decide whether it's a crime or not though?
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    (Original post by JordanL_)
    Surely it's for the courts to decide whether it's a crime or not though?
    That's always going to get iffy when you throw in elected officials. Don't MPs have certain immunities around the law?

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    Misleading.

    A letter in the Mirror, from the Clerk of the Parliaments, The text of the published letter is below:

    “Fellow peers” did not block his trial as your front page story suggests. The decision to halt Lord Hanningfield’s trial was made by the judge. The House of Lords Administration provided the court with written observations on the question of whether parliamentary privilege might apply to aspects of the trial, including the question of what did or did not amount to “parliamentary work”, following the receipt of papers outlining the nature of the prosecution case. It was for the prosecution to assess what bearing the written observations had on their case.

    Parliamentary privilege is an aspect of the law and a court must take it into account. Where the authorities of either House become aware that issues of parliamentary privilege are likely to arise in legal proceedings, it is only right that they assist the court by providing written observations or representations.

    The House of Lords did not “see fit to ignore Lord Hanningfield’s wilful fiddling of public money”, as suggested in Brian Reade’s column in the same edition. In 2014, the House of Lords found that Lord Hanningfield broke its rules and imposed the maximum penalty available at the time – suspension for the rest of the Parliament in which the breach of its rules occurred. He was also required to repay the public money wrongly claimed from the House, and did so.
    No corruption.
 
 
 
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