Tuesday, 25 January 2011


I have been sent this by the Yes To Fairer Votes campaign:

On Saturday (29th) we're holding a Street Stall in Durham, and we'd love it if you could join us.

The event will begin at 9am in Durham Marketplace. It will be a great opportunity to help grow our campaign by reaching out to local people about Yes, and a brilliant way to meet like-minded people and get involved in the campaign.

We will be getting people to play "Guess the expenses" with the person closest winning items from the expenses scandal. MPs claimed millions - from moat cleaning products to 2nd homes. Sir Peter Viggers even claimed £1,645 for a duck house!

By attending our street stall, you'll help turn that enthusiasm into powerful momentum for the campaign in Durham.

Oh, dear. Not a penny was ever paid out either for the moat or for the duck house. And neither of them had anything to do with politics properly so called. Whereas electoral reform has. Or, at least, it ought to have.

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