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Dezza’s gallows humour

PUBLISHED: 14:58 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:26 25 August 2010

ALWAYS good for a great sound bite, Derek Conway failed to disappoint us even when the heat was on. When quizzed after losing his top parliamentary

ALWAYS good for a great sound bite, Derek Conway failed to disappoint us even when the heat was on.

When quizzed after losing his top parliamentary job following his family expenses scandal, the Old Bexley and Sidcup Tory MP said: "It must be a matter of considerable regret to the media that the stocks and gallows no longer exist in the UK."

But is it just the media lining up to hurl some metaphorical tomatoes at the MP?

It appears not, as London's top cop Sir Ian Blair has moaned to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, asking why he wasn't handed the gauntlet to slap the MP with.

Are Sir Ian's investigation skills lacking somewhat - after all, it is a whole month since the story broke?

And what about those other naughty MPs who have been caught out?

Political blogger Guido writes that he is as keen as mustard on seeing Mr Conway prosecuted, yet can't help wondering if Ian Blair would be so eager to investigate other, more prominent, politicians whose expenses claims have come under scrutiny.

Our powers of deduction tell us they won't be getting their collar felt any time soon either.


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