Following the news that four LibDem MPs (Sandra Gidley, Paul Holmes, Richard Younger-Ross and John Barrett) have been found guilty of seriously abusing the second home allowance, and will have to apologise to the House of Commons, here's the apology you won't be reading on LibDem Voice...
In common with other commentators, we may in the past have given readers the impression that Liberal Democrat MPs were, in the area of second home allowances, paragons of virtue. We may have written sentences like "The LibDems have escaped censure," and "The Liberal Democrats have emerged from the scandal smelling like a baby's powdered arse, or "The Tories and Labour gaze at the LibDem benches in bewilderment at the smell of Mr Sheen, who, like LibDem MPs, shines everything clean." Headlines such as "LibDems get clean bill of health" and "LibDems escape sleaze censure" may have reinforced the view that Nick Clegg and his band of merry men truly are the unsullied virgins of modern day politics.
We now realise there was not a jot or scintilla of truth in the above. We are happy to put on record that the Liberal Democrats are now exposed as serial expense offenders and can be classed alongside all the other politicians who have transgressed House of Commons rules.
We would therefore like to take this opportunity to apologise unreservedly to our readers for dveiating from our normal critical analysis of what goes on in our party and for believing that LibDem MPs are in any way different to those of other parties. In future we will avoid phrases such as "cleaner than clean" and "whiter than white" when writing about the expenses of LibDem MPs. We thank you.
Sorry. Couldn't resist. Think of all those times you have heard Chris Huhne and Nick Clegg on TV claim that the LibDems were more or less unaffected by the expenses scandal. It's not something they will be able to repeat.