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Posted on 12 August 2011 at 19:41 GMT

MPs' double standards on criminality

Swansea West Labour MP, Geraint Davies, commenting on the rioting in Croydon, an area he used to represent in parliament, stated: "...it is clear what we have seen is just opportunist criminality."

He should know. In 2004-05, when Davies was MP for Croydon Central he claimed the highest expenses of any MP in the country, a staggering 176,026.

Despite Croydon being only 12 miles or a 20-minute commute from London Victoria, this included overnight cost allowance and 4,000 renovating his designated second home, a flat in Westminster.

The difference is that, unlike looting electrical goods, MPs' opportunism isn't considered criminal. It just feels that way to us, the victims.

Ronnie Job

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