Yes, it was foolish in the extreme for Nadhim Zahawi MP to outsource his expense claims to his staff, and not scrutinise why they were so high. It’s what people sometimes do when they’re incredibly busy, but that’s no excuse. At a time of austerity, with the cost of living ever on the up, this brings all MPs, and indeed Parliament itself, into even greater disrepute. No one could condone it.
But it would be madness if this anger, however justifiable in the present case, had the effect of driving people like Nadhim Zahawi out of politics. Let’s be clear: Nadhim is a friend and colleague of mine. I have only known him properly since we entered Parliament in 2010, but I suspect it is clear to anyone who knows him that this is a good and honourable man.
Perhaps three and half years isn’t long enough for Our Jesse to work out that all that Hon Member and Right Hon Member stuff is in fact that very British sense of sarcasm coming out. For as is obvious to everyone no one actually honourable would be capable of being elected to Parliament. Thieves, spivs and twisters the lot of ’em.
And quite remarkably the comments section seems to agree…..