Tomorrow's the big day

Yes, it's nearly the day we've all been anxiously awaiting - the full list of MP's expenses is being published tomorrow. Hurray - no more need to buy the Daily Telegraph! With new juicy new revelations still coming out today (Brian Binley, Jim Devine) we can all be sure that, no matter how much we've read in the last few weeks of what Elliot Morley MP referred to as a "bloodfest," there'll still be a fascinating little titbit or two to liven up our lives over breakfast.

Elliot Morley, MP for Scunthorpe, termed the furore over expenses a "bloodfest" while he was trying his hardest to convince us all that he'd been been unaware his mortgage was paid off and that the extra £16,000 he was able to claim as a result of that error was "a mistake." His subsequent suspension from the Labour Party, meanwhile, was a deliberate (and well-deserved) act.

Tomorrow's publication will include all
Additional Costs Allowance claims made in the last four years - ie; all those incurred by MPs staying away from their main home, which is usually in their constituency - along with costs resulting from communications and office/staff maintenance costs. The Commons have been ordered to release the information following a decision by the High Court after campaigners used the Freedom of Information Act.

Make sure you keep an eye on the Net and on the BBC Parliament television channel - can you imagine what it'd be like if you filled water balloons with live ants and threw a few hundred of them into the debating chamber? Well, you can be certain it's going to be a lot more animated than that - if, like us, you follow politics because you find it satisfies that primeval part of the soul that in some people is satisfied only be bloodsports, it's going to be a fun day.

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