Unlike SW19 there hasn’t been a collective sense of dread among the devolved political class of Cardiff Bay. AMs may have lost a few minutes sleep here or there but compared to their Westminster colleagues I’m sure that they have slept like babies, but for how long? Roger Jones reports on Monday and is likely to cast a critical word (or two) in the direction of some of the more ‘borderline’ expenses claims that have come to light in the last few days.
No doubt the issue of constituency office rent will be high on the agenda, working out why the parties thought it appropriate to use the public purse to fund themselves, which when claiming rent on offices that they own outright is arguably what they have done.
Forgive me if this has already been disclosed but I wonder if Mr Jones will draw attention to some particular claims made? In other words will he single people/parties out? Let me know if he has signalled his intentions with regards this point because if he hasn’t then some chemists my just be getting some panic purchases of nightol.
I wonder if something will be said about the age old defence that is traipsed out by every politician when questioned on expenses - that classic statement of “It was in the rules”. I doubt it but one can dare to dream.
Anyway for the Senedd, relatively unscathed by the expenses saga to date, Monday is unlikely to blow up a major storm but then again four days is a long time in politics…
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