David Blunkett tonight admitted he had been wrong to give a first class rail ticket intended for MPs’ spouses to his former mistress Kimberly Quinn and said he would repay the £180 cost. I’ve said this before
and I’ll say it again, when will an MP go to jail for fraud? If a shop-girl in Woolies had given her best friend a few free sweets from the pick ‘n mix, she be sacked, or possibly prosecuted for theft. If the Minister in charge of the justice system and the police defrauds the public purse he should not be allowed to just say sorry and repay the money. Its not an accidental mistake
Yet a spokesman for the home secretary said that Mr Blunkett was sorry for the “genuine mistake” of giving a return train ticket from London to Doncaster to his mistress Mrs Quinn.
“Well he is blind”, bollocks, he must have known, “Spouse’s ticket” means your spouse, not someone else’s.
UPDATE: Daily Mail is publishing tomorrow some letters from the Home Office to the nanny which look incriminating.