Monday, 2 June 2008


Mr Smith reads that, "AROUND 30 MSPs will have to sell their taxpayer-funded Edinburgh homes if they want to make future expenses claims for staying in the capital. Holyrood bosses have ruled that the abolition of the discredited mortgage interest scheme should be accompanied by MSPs disposing of their Edinburgh properties. The decision means that just less than one-quarter of MSPs will benefit from a near six-figure windfall if they sell their subsidised flats before 2011 - when the new expenses rules kick in."

Mr Smith's heart bleeds. Really ... it does.

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