I think this is a proportionate sentence, it is not only doing justice, but sending out a clear message too. When the expenses scandal first hit, it was all about duck houses and the like, all things which had been allowed, but were maybe not the right thing to do, however when you look at Chaytors escapade, it had huge amount of intent and full knowledge of what he was doing.
He is, however, the first in the prosecution line. There are 2 more ex MPs, one current and 2 members of the House of Lords to come.
Its no wonder that people feel hard done by, when people like that act in that way.
But will it all be enough – They are being pulled over the coals and publicly hung out to dry, can the Public see that the Law system works and will it be enough to begin to move forward?
- Ex MP Chaytor Sentenced To 18 Months Prison (news.sky.com)
- You: David Chaytor to be sentenced (guardian.co.uk)
- Ex-Bury North MP David Chaytor jailed for 18 months over false expenses claims (menmedia.co.uk)