MPs’ Expenses: class, equality and the most hilarious interview on the subject yet
I am sure that within twenty years or so we will get dozens of academic treatises called something like: “The intersection of politics, class and inequality in the House of Commons Expenses Scandal of 2009: a post-Weberian critical non-realist approach”. However, few would be able to convey how clearly this crisis is tied up with issues of class and good old-fashioned British elitism than the marvellous interview given to BBC radio’s The World at One by Anthony Steen MP today. He’s the Tory who has quit after The Telegraph claimed he spent thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money on his country pile. Go listen. It’s hilarious and enlightening. To give him credit, it is also strangely refreshing to hear an MP who is so totally unrepentant after days of shotgun apologies.
(This edition of The World at One will only be on-line for one week. If you don’t want to listen to the whole programme, the item begins 18 minutes and 10 seconds in.)