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‘No Mata Hari’

I DON'T know if Caroline Spelman is 'guilty' or not - although Lionel King (letters, June 20) seems sure she is, and seems to try to make a virtue of her alleged misdemeanours.

I DON'T know if Caroline Spelman is 'guilty' or not - although Lionel King (letters, June 20) seems sure she is, and seems to try to make a virtue of her alleged misdemeanours.

I don't think misleading people over where and for how long her nanny was employed, and possibly using public money to foot her child care bill, makes Caroline Spelman a sexy 'Mae West/Mata Hari' figure.

It just compounds the widely held view that MPs are corrupt, and more concerned with themselves than with us.

Of course we don't expect MPs to be 'flawless'. Nobody is that naïve, but with so many needs in schools and hospitals for example, I'd prefer public money to stay in the public domain, as opposed to being trousered by MPs.

King's suggestion that the Liberal Democrats might garner more support if they got involved with more scandals is just bizarre. Has he not heard the names Simon Hughes, Charles Kennedy? If the Lib Dems don't earn 'widespread popularity', I doubt this is because they aren't seen to be robbing our money.

C Batson, Shelwick Grove, Dorridge

 

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