Expenses Scandal? I don’t think so

Billesley councillor Colin Hughes has collected all of the expenses figures from Birmingham City Council for the past five years and handed then to The Stirrer. I’ve popped them online as a Google Spreadsheet, which you can open here.

Are they likely to cause a scandal? No, I don’t think so. Not because some aren’t quite a lot of money (the Aldens got just under £60,000 between them last year), but because the figures are divorced from context, we’ve no idea what they were spent on — and so can’t make judgements as to their reasonableness.

Transparency is nice, but it needs context to be useful.