First of all, it is expected that the fascist British National Party (yes, they do send chills down one's spine) will gain vastly by the turmoil. It is capitalising on the public anger so much that even the Archbishop of Canterbury had to make a political stance and explicitly beg people not to vote in anger for the BNP. When trust and faith (or remains of them) in any major political party has taken a huge beating, then BNP's loud anti-Europe and anti-establishment messages attract a large number of voters - their scary fascist manifestos and agenda are secondary in many people's much narrowed field of view.
Then, more softly, there is that issue of... moral relativity. What is the true cost to society when the disgraced MPs, whose expense claim records hit the press, dare to treat the public to such manifestations as these handpicked ones below:
- "The system is bad" - ah yes. Countless criminals, and even mass murderers, used this excuse throughout history. Sorry, but the problem is with individuals... who perverted the system to an extent worthy of Easter European parliamentary Mafiosi.
- "It was a mistake", "It was an accounting error" etc. - these, and endless variations of these, make it sound as if anybody could defraud the country in any way and then go 'oops', without any repercussions whatsoever. I wonder what would happen if any humble mortal used the same line after let's say trying on a nice tax evasion trick...
- "I will pay it back" - as some were made to, and other offered to. So if basically, you catch a shoplifter and he/she hands back the valuable item, it's all OK - again, no repercussions.
- "The claims were approved and signed for" - right, so again, it's the system and someone else... not the individual.
- "I am a hard working person, very busy, with kids" etc. - wonderful, great, brilliant... and it explains and absolves everything and everybody... just how exactly?
- "People are just jealous of my big house" - this is perhaps the most amazing reaction from an MP. Right. So his scandalous fraud is somehow forgotten, what matters is the envious, pardon, jealous, public's reaction.
It truly, really adds a very Balkanic dimension to all this... just that back there all this is normal and doesn't produce scandals... but in British politics, the damages done by this mess will reverberate for generations. In short-term, perhaps vast number of extra council and Parliament seats will be gained by the extreme right-wing, absolutely fascist party or parties of this political landscape of carnage.