THE greedy swines at Westminster have relegated pig flu into oblivion by their disgraceful ‘snouts in the trough’ antics.

I watched the BBC’s Question Time this week and was delighted to see that the Great British public feel every bit as angry as I do by the money-grabbing dirty dealings of the ‘honourable’ members.

I’m not tarring them all with the same brush. The real snorters are the ones who repeatedly ‘flipped’ property at the taxpayers’ expense.

The audacity of them is both sickening and breathtaking – and makes your blood boil.

If I had my way, they would be tarred and feathered and drummed out of parliament.

The first of the Telegraph revelations revealed these people for the mealy-mouthed vultures that they are.

They blustered and wriggled with feeble excuses along the lines of: “It’s not us, it’s the rules.”

But the revelations of greed and excess at our expense just kept on coming and after about a week, the ‘honourable’ members switched tactics and said sorry.

A few of them claimed they would be paying back the money they filtched from us – although I’m sure some of them will find a way of us returning their ill-gotten gains with more money from our pockets!

After all, that’s probably allowable by their interpretation of rules that rely on honesty and integrity!

As I write, none of the major scandals have involved Cheshire MPs. George Osborne’s cheeky £440 taxi ride at our expense is the nearest we have come to a national disgrace on our doorstep – which is a drop in the ocean compared to some of what’s gone on.

But I’m afraid that does not exonerate even the clean ones in my eyes.

They must have known what was going on, yet not one of the 600-plus MPs had the guts to blow the whistle on their stinking rotten colleagues.

None of them had the courage to expose the culture of greed in their midst.

The rotten apples in the barrel now wriggle and squeal that their claims were approved by the pay office. It’s become clear that when they were challenged to justify outrageous claims, they bullied and taunted the poor lackeys into submission.

This scandal – for which the Telegraph deserves a Pulitzer prize – has led the great British public from being political sceptics to absolute cynics.

Our politicians couldn’t have driven a more lethal stake into our democratic system if they’d tried!

And the big danger is that this debacle is all going to have the most horrendous pay-back.

The nauseated populace has Euro elections coming up and may punish the three main parties by voting for anyone else on the ballot slip – and that includes the divisive bigots of the BNP.

Whatever happens, we must not let the right wing extremists profit from the sins of our so-called betters!


Cheshire(by email - full name and address supplied)

n.IT’S very rare that an election leaflet can make me laugh, but I have to take my hat off to the BNP for bringing the comedy back into politics.

In the midst of their bigoted tirade against anyone with minds bigger than their amoeba-sized own, they railed against EU expansion.

They claim it would bring ‘Turkish Muslim job-snatching invaders’ to our shores.

Later on in the leaflet they say they would reject ‘minority’ cultural and religious festivals in favour of celebrating ‘our’ saints, such as St George.

Should someone tell them St George was probably Turkish or shall we leave it and have a bit more of a giggle?


Gladstone Street, Northwich

n.THE issue of MPs’ expenses dominates the political agenda, and as someone who has long campaigned for an open and honest approach, I welcome the pressure for change.

But with elections to the European Parliament on June 4, it’s important to put this in context.

The real problem we face is of a wholly different magnitude. Quite literally it is about how we save our world.

The changes are hardly seen on a day-to-day basis, but within my lifetime world population has trebled and is growing at 200,000 a day.

Nature is being devastated. Our use of scarce resources is accelerating and our burning of coal, gas and oil is changing our climate and will leave billions of people with little or no water.

I’m proud of the work I have done in the European Parliament, especially on environmental issues.

For all its faults, the European Parliament often feels more grown up than its counterpart at Westminster.

In this election the ground is thick with parties opposed to Britain’s membership of the European Union.

“All our problems are due to Europe,” they say.

But they don’t even start to address the real problems we face. Only by countries working together and finding shared solutions can we hope to tackle them.

Chris Davies

NW Lib Dem MEP

n.WE at the RSPCA are dismayed by the European Parliament vote on a new lab animal law which fell woefully short of what should be done to improve animal welfare.

We had feared that the European Parliament would cave in after pro-animal use lobbyists’ exaggerated claims that tougher rules on using primates for testing would lead to live-saving research grinding to a halt. Sadly, our fears proved well-founded!

MEPs overwhelmingly supported a declaration calling for an end to great apes and wild-caught primates use in Europe and a clear strategy for replacing all primate experiments with humane alternatives.

Sadly, when given the chance to put these words into action, they failed!

This means that they have betrayed the thousands of primates who will continue to be confined in laboratories and used in experiments.

The public will be staggered to learn there are no measures to end the suffering of these remarkable animals.

A once-in-a-generation opportunity has been lost.

Sophie Corless

RSPCA regional press officer