THE great expenses scandal saw Lord Taylor (Left) get 12 months in jail, only to serve three months behind bars. Lord Hanningfield (Centre) served a mere nine weeks out of his nine-month sentence. Baroness Uddin, (Right) although not prosecuted, was ordered to pay back the £125,349 she fiddled. You may wonder how they are faring now they have paid off their debts to society.
Well, all three are back in the taxpayer-subsidised bars and restaurants of the House of Lords, claiming thousands in expenses every month. Despite cheating taxpayers, there is no easy means of barring them from the Lords. In no other field would an employee who had robbed their employer expect to be back in their old job. It makes the case for abolishing the unelected Lords even more appealing.