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MPs don’t want to tell us how they spend our money

The BBC:

A High Court decision on whether MPs expenses should be fully disclosed has been deferred to a later date.

It follows a full day of legal argument at the Royal Courts of Justice.

The House of Commons is fighting to avoid releasing the details of the expenses of 14 MPs and former MPs under the Freedom of Information Act.

They argue the publication of the MPs’ second home addresses in a receipt-by-receipt breakdown of expenses would compromise security.

If I recall correctly, MPs already have to publish their home addresses when they stand as a candidate at election time.

Partial details were released earlier this month, revealing spending under broad categories such as mortgage interest payments and groceries.

But Ms Brooke continues to press for the publication of a full receipt-by-receipt breakdown.

The Commons authorities argued in court earlier that MPs had a reasonable expectation that there would not be full disclosure of expenses – only their total expenses.

Well that seems an unreasonable expectation to me.  We the people want to know how our money is spent.

Don’t spend our money on private things. Simple.

They also argued that addresses should not be made public for security reasons and that this should apply not simply when there are specific security concerns for specific MPs but to all MPs

It may be the case that future security considerations would apply and if addresses had already been published these couldn’t be “airbrushed,” counsel for the Commons argued.

If they’ve already been published what is the problem?!