Mr Justice Saunders just sentenced the former Labour MP for Bury, David Chaytor, to eighteen months at Her Majesty’s pleasure after pleading guilty to three counts of false accounting, or stealing £18,000 from the taxpayer, under section 17 of the Theft Act 1968.
And did these men in recent time
thieve upon England’s voters green?
And was Lord Hanningfield
to fiddle his expenses seen?
And did the hand of Jim Devine
reach out into our barren tills?
And was Chaytor’s thieving clear
among those damned redacted bills?
Bring me the truth of Morley’s gold!
Bring me the means to trounce a liar!
Bring me my constitutional rights! Evidence, unfold!
Bring me a prosecutor of fire!
I will not cease from contumation
nor shall my pen sleep in my hand,
Till we have jailed the thieving scum
from Parliament’s accursed land.