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Britain’s expense cheats must try harder

One question remains obscured by the clouds of hysteria enveloping Westminster: just how bad are Britain’s moat-clearing, mortgage-flipping MPs in the grand scheme of things? Last year, all 646 of them cost taxpayers £93m in expenses on top of their £40m worth of salaries. Put it another way, that’s about £10m less than Obama’s inauguration, or just enough to keep the NHS ticking over for eight hours. And for all the furore, MPs can’t have thought they had much to hide: as Prospect went to press, only 23 parliamentarians had paid back anything at…

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