Today we have learned that Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw have been caught in a wee sting suggesting that they will accept payment for access to high Government, well blow me over.
Nothing new in this story at all. If you steal a bottle of water in a street disturbance you can expect to receive six months in jail, if you steal billions in tax payers money and avoid paying tax you can expect a knighthood. If you make a mistake or are overpaid in your tax credits, you can expect to be chased by debt agencies, but if you are suspected to have abused children while serving at Westminster you will be allowed to die peacefully while the accusations are never fully investigated, and the Police are too busy chasing down 500ml bottle water thieves.
If you have an extra bedroom in your home, and receive housing benefit, you better expect to receive a lot less housing benefit, unless of course you are the Queen or a Windsor with 16 Royal tax payer funded Palaces across the UK and wider world. No extra charge here for the extra hundreds of rooms. If you are disabled then you better get ready for the work assessment test, but if you are an elderly minor Royal you will get a grace and favour home and more than enough money to keep you living like, well Royalty.
We are all in this together, just some of us a hell of a lot more than others.