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Indefensible to Pay a Partner

So, having been promised that the new politics would not replicate the old, the old has reared its ugly head. The coalition has faced its biggest wobble, in just three weeks!

Nick Clegg, having survived the onslaught of publicity surrounding his marriage of convenience to the Tory Leader, David Cameron, has now had to admit that one of his own has been claiming from the public purse when, maybe he shouldn’t have been.

This was something Clegg was very keen on when blasting the old politics before the election. His MP’s were different and would act differently. They obviously don’t.

David Laws, the Liberal-Con Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has had to stand down, some three weeks into his dream job because of question marks over money he has claimed.

It has been revealed that he claimed £40,000 for rent paid to his partner. With some gallantry on his part he offered to pay it back immediately. This had the stench of damage limitation written all over it.

He has explained that the reason he did it was to hide his relationship with the man in question. And that money was the furthest thing from his mind.

Well that’s OK then!

I don’t think so.

Laws is reported to be a millionaire. Why would he want to claim such paltry amounts of money if he was such an honourable man?

If, as has been claimed, he left a very lucrative career in the City to be an MP, why was this meagre amount of money important to him?

The notion that he had to claim in to hide the relationship doesn’t hold water.

If his mother didn’t know about his secret life, as has been claimed, why did Laws really think she would have the presence of mind to check the Members Interest list to check he was paying his ‘landlord’ the correct amount of rent for the room he had leased? Did he think his mother thought so little of him?

Laws has done the right thing by resigning. I just don’t know why the people in the government and around Westminster are falling over themselves to praise this man. If he’d done nothing wrong and had a completely clear conscience he would have toughed it out a little longer.

His sexual orientation has nothing to do with this episode. It is that his actions have been questionable when claiming money. His judgement has been called into question, which obviously worries people when his job is all about judgement.
What we can say is that it is morally wrong and indefensible to pay your partner rent for a property you reside in together, even if, after investigation, you are found innocent.

This coalition is shaking with this resignation. And it didn’t take a month. What more surprises are to come from this Liberal-Con government?

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