When too much information isn’t necessarily a good thing

Lots of articial indignation in today’s press about the decision by the House of Commons authorities to appeal against publication of MPs’ expenses. Even St Norman of Lewes accepts that publishing MPs’ London addresses would be a barmy idea: to recap, by logging onto parliament’s website you would find out exactly what items individual MPs have bought for their second homes, exactly where those homes are, and what dates we’re in recess (when MPs are usually in their constituencies) – hey presto, a burglar’s charter.

I hate the term “no-brainer”, but there are times when I’m tempted to use it.

Interestingly, Guido Fawkes’s attempts to get details of Nick Robinson’s expenses (what with him being paid out of the public purse and everything) have elicited a refusal from the Beeb, on the grounds that poor Nick had every right to expect his expenses to be kept private when he first claimed them. Now where have I heard that before…?

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