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by Daphne Liddle

MICHAEL MARTIN, the Speaker of the House of Commons, announced his resignation last Tuesday in a subdued voice, after astonishing scenes the day before of him flustered, afraid and incapable of restoring order as MPs bayed for his resignation, seeking to load all the blame for the expenses scandal on to him.

Many of them had been in the spotlight themselves after appearing in the Daily Telegraph's list of MPs who have made morally unacceptable - and in some cases criminally fraudulent - claim for expe

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Hidden agendas

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH has so far published a list of 100 MPs who have wrongly claimed expenses - ranging from a mere 75 pence for a scotch egg to hundreds of thousands of pounds for dodgy second home deals. The electorate is thoroughly disgusted and there is a. growing distrust of all MPs and politicians in general.

But the system has been corrupt for a long time and we have to ask why has it all been exposed right now? Public opinion polls have show popular faith in the honesty of MPs has been pretty low for the last 25 years or so.

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