Well hurrah! Nick Clegg has come out with what I have been banging on about since time immemorial – saying that MPs should not be able to make a profit on their second homes if those homes are being purchased with taxpayers’ money. Quite right.
By all means buy a home to live in London if you have a constituency that isn’t within commuting distance of London. MPs should have decent accommodation – but if you sell it at profit that profit should go back to whence the expenses came from.
I remember saying that I thought it was outrageous that MPs could make money (and a lot of money) on their second homes to a group of MPs when I first arrived in Parliament four years ago. They inferred I should not ‘rock the boat’. But I have been rocking the boat ever since – and now it looks like the rocking is getting to the point!