Expenses - another week, another disaster for Labour

As another week draws to a close, it would seem that the Labour Government struggles from disaster to disaster after another day of sleaze and ill-informed policy development.

First of all, we have the spectacle of the Prime Minister and his Cabinet playing the expenses system for their own benefit, with Gordon Brown yesterday being forced to pay back a plumbing bill he had claimed for twice as well as paying his brother more than £6000 when they 'shared' a cleaner.

Paul Murphy, the Welsh Secretary - even claimed a new boiler because the water in his flat was 'too hot'.

As if this wasn't bad enough, this was followed by five Gurkhas being banned from the UK despite the agreement by the PM earlier this week to allow them to settle here.

Harriet Harman, in her own inimitable style, has also "provoked further outrage by accusing opponents of the Government's DNA database policy of putting themselves against justice".

Finally, as if that wasn't enough, the Guardian notes that "Britain under Gordon Brown is a more unequal country than at any time since modern records began in the early 1960s, after the incomes of the poor fell and those of the rich rose in the three years after the 2005 general election".

The whole edifice is crumbling and I am now even more convinced than I was at the beginning of the week that we need a new Government now.

How on earth can we deal with the state of the economy when no-one believes or has any confidence in the Prime Minister or his Cabinet?

Time to call an election.

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