The tentacles of the troughing pandemic are spreading into every corner of public life.
Little wonder that that the Metropolitan Police were so unwilling to press charges against MPs in respect of alleged fraudulent expenses claims.
Peter Tickner, head of internal audit at the Metropolitan Police Authority, has referred ‘in excess of 300 senior officers’, more than 10% of the workforce, to the Directorate of Professional Standards [DPS] for alleged expenses fraud, and 46 of those have become formal investigations.
We now have the farcical situation whereby the very senior officers who should have been investigating the MPs are themselves accused of the same offences, thereby losing any moral authority to carry out an investigation
One senior officer alone is accused of spending £40,000 on his Metropolitan Police issued Amex credit card in just a single year.
Fishing rods (always handy for those evidence fishing expeditions), women’s clothing (undercover work hopefully) appear in the audit, and a three piece suit, complete with warming waistcoat, was bought ‘in the line of duty’ by one officer whilst stationed in the stifling 45c heat in the far east.
We were shocked when six officers were arrested last month for allegedly making ‘inflated’ claims whilst investigating the July 7th bombings, but this is on a much larger scale, so much so that only those suspected of defrauding the tax payer of ‘more than £1,000′ are being investigated – the minnows are being allowed to scurry back under the skirting boards in the name of expediency.
Among the officers involved are some from the specialist crime directorate – who conducted the cash-for-honours inquiry.
All we need now is a handful of judges accused of fraud, and the collapse of our public life will be complete.
H/T Police Oracle