The timing of the MP’s expenses scandal may be indeed coincidental. It may also be an attempt on a part of establishment, The Daily Telegraph is popularly associated with Conservative Party, to force general elections. Conservative Party does not come through with flying colours, but somewhat better than The Labour Party. At a time of deep government unpopularity caused, inter alia, by the current financial crisis swift general elections are likely to produce a very strong Conservative win. But, by no means, this is certain but it seems to be a good bet.
The MP’s expenses crisis turned up to be a perfect cover-up for the ongoing financial crisis. Now politicians, not the bankers, are public enemy number one. So The Daily Telegraph is trying to hit two birds with one stone.
On emotional level it is completely understandable that MP’s expenses caused such a rage that it pushed ”greedy bankers” off the agenda. On financial level, however, it is rather absurd. The value of the expenses is miniscule compared to the costs of the current crisis. It was caused by the financial establishment (bankers, regulators and government officials) who built a giant pyramid scheme in the same way as Albanian gangsters did in 1996 – 1997. This was a crime. In a law abiding society the financial establishment, like Albanian gangsters, would have been prosecuted and given long jail sentences (creating financial pyramid schemes is a serious felony) and their wealth confiscated (to compensate as much as possible for the costs of this crisis, like rescue packages for the banks).
The timing of the ongoing MP’s expenses scandal may be just coincidental. But the fact is that it created an effective smokescreen protecting the financial establishment. Whilst getting rid off dishonest MP’s is important for the public good, it is also important to prosecute large scale financial fraudsters.
It looks like the stronger financial establishment threw the dishonest MP’s to the blood thirsty public to protect themselves.