The ongoing Parliamentary expense scandal and associated collapse of the Labour government in the UK is one of the more entertaining stories of the day (naturally, the US media scarcely notices it); for a quick catch-up, check the UK Telegraph (which broke the story), Times or Guardian--or click on Daniel Hannan's blog. It's not quite up to, say, Chicago standards in terms of outright corruption, but for politics as a spectator sport, the British turmoil is still tough to beat.
As an added bonus, the onrushing demise of New Labour also provides us with the following snicker-inducing graphs:
Mr Brown, who confirmed for the first time yesterday that he is planning a reshuffle, is under intense pressure to deliver a shake-up that wrestles back some semblance of authority for his administration.
He is considering replacing Mr Darling with Ed Balls, his close friend and Schools Secretary, but such a move could be politically explosive within some elements of the Labour party. Mr Darling could be offered the Home Office as compensation.
Miss Smith’s friends said last night that she had been troubled by the exposure of her husband’s claim for adult movies.
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