In 2010 Martin Bell, war correspondent (the man in the white suit) and briefly an honest MP wrote a book following the shameful disclosures in 2009 of the scandalous ways in which MPs were fiddling their expenses.
To quote him: “On taking office MPs are bound to sign onto the seven principles of public life laid out unambiguously by Lord Nolan in 1995; selflessness, integrity, objectively, accountability, honesty and leadership.”
Aside the disgusting behaviour of Councillor Peacock which was an item on a recent Look North, in recent years five East Riding of Yorkshire councillors failed to pay their council taxes and to date only one has been named. Yet none resigned.
Is it any wonder therefore that people hold such politicians in contempt?