I tweeted yesterday after watching 'Five Days that changed Britain' on BBC 2 - and as I said then, words simply cannot describe how it felt to review events on my TV set. It is all too easy in this job to take for granted the job you have. I don't think I have ever taken my job for granted intentionally, but like all of my colleagues in political based journalism, I was there for one of the most historic political happenings in a generation or more.
I note the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions announcement today that he is to reform the benefits system entirely, so no longer will genuine claimants have to have a degree in maths to battle through the system.
There will be a lot of people out there who will be deeply worried about the language used... not because they definitely should be, but because we have a new government reforming a complicated system in the earliest days of office, and for better or for worse, people are being made to feel like they're thieving of the state. Now those who are thieving SHOULD feel like thieves, but never forget the millions of genuine cases in all this please!
The Court of Appeal have ruled that the Labour MP's, and Tory Peer who are accused of dishonesty over their expense claims are subject to normal process and will face criminal tiral.
One Lord, Lord Judge said: 'It can confidently be stated that parliamentary privilege or immunity from criminal prosecution has never, ever attached to ordinary criminal activities by Members of Parliament.
Now we do not know if they are guilty, and they are certainly innocent until proven guilty, but I agree with the Court. These men must have an entirely fair trial - but an entirely fair trial on the same terms as anyone else.
I'm off house hunting once again today. This is an extremely frustrating process, but I absolutely want to have it bagged by the end of tomorrow.
Autumn Statement 2013: George Osborne holds his nerve and confounds Ed Balls - From my Morning Briefing email: subscribe here As I write the 8am Cabinet is being briefed by George Osborne on the contents of his Autumn Statement. The i...
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