Part 74 of the Bullsh*t Broadcasting Corporation’s varied attempts to rehabilitate the Government’s image in the face of exceptional provocation.
Faced with a record 131 MPs standing down at the next election, following the expenses scandal, they have had their work cut out, but have rallied this morning with a superb specimen of the genre.
More than a quarter of MPs who fought requests for repayment of their expenses have been at least partially successful, the BBC has been told.
Let’s try that the right way round shall we? So, three-quarters of MPs who fought requests for repayment of their expenses were found to be complete troughing basket-cases eh? Of the remaining quarter, only some have been totally exonerated?
Sir Thomas Legg instructed about 200 MPs to return hundreds of thousands of pounds in excessive claims, but more than 70 challenged his findings. Of those 70, only 18, (being a kind oversimplification) have had some alteration of the original amount requested.
No prizes for guessing who was first to comment to the Press Association:
Solicitor General Vera Baird told the Press Association that she had been informed she owed nothing despite an initial demand for nearly £1,280 in mortgage interest payments.
18 out of 200, or less than 10%. Lets try that headline again shall we?
“Sir Thomas Legg proves that 90% of MPs instructed to return money were troughing gits”.
Or even better, lets have: