Three members of the House of Lords (the second chamber of the UK government) were suspended today as a result of having made “incorrect” expenses claims totalling some £200,000 ($313,000). The peers had claimed properties outside London in which they had never lived were their main homes, thus enabling, them to falsely claim huge sums in expenses for living in their own homes in London
All three, Baroness Uddin Lord Swraj Paul, and Lord Bhatia are of East Asian origin, and in fact Lord Paul, who ranks amongst Britain's richest men sought to excuse himself on the basis of his ethnicity in that he didn't fully understand the term “main residence”.
One might be tempted to suggest that given that corruption is endemic within the cultures from which these individuals originate, this is merely the result of importing such cultures into our own.
However, a further noble peer, Lord Ali (also of non-European origin) has a different explanation. According to Lord Ali, the fact that only three Asian peers have been found to have fiddled huge sums of tax payer's money, is down to ..... you guessed it!! ... that clever, multi-application, get out of jail free card “r” word.......... racism!! (report here)
Well, what did you expect they would say?!!
In other developments, a further Tory Peer, Lord Taylor of Warwick, a one time black lawyer, of west Indian origin, previously best known for alleging racism was the cause of his defeat in an election in Cheltenham in 1992 is facing prosecution on criminal charges of false accounting.
What was it that judge said about disgracing a Banana Republic?