Naturally, the parties set to benefit the most from any allegations of impropriety against MPs are the ‘anti-politics’ bunch: Ukip, the Greens and the SNP. You can always when the Greens think there are some votes to be snaffled from Labour by how quickly they issue a press release condemning the latest policy or revelations that concern the party. Today Natalie Bennett said:
‘The influence of big business in politics is corrosive, and seems to run through the veins of the entire political establishment. That’s why we need real change now.’
Jack Straw was rather swiftly suspended from the Labour Party following the publication of the joint Telegraph/Channel 4 sting. Ed Miliband hopes that his 2013 attack on MPs taking second jobs will shield his party a little from the ‘they’re all the same’ fallout that always occurs when allegations of this kind surface. He will undoubtedly repeat his pledge today in order to ward off that anti-politics threat.