Across the Pond

Gordon Brown Flips His Wig

The resignation of Speaker Michael Martin may have shocked Britain yesterday, but our friends across the pond should get used to it: As the MP expense scandal continues to spread, Prime Minister Gordon Brown pronounced himself “angry” and “appalled,” and promised, "There are many cases where people will be suspended and people will have to stand down and not be candidates at the next election." In the Guardian, Jonathan Freedland opines, “in Britain, power still belongs at the top—with the crown and the palace of Westminster—unless our rulers deign to "devolve" some of it outward. That's why MPs could claim hundreds of thousands of pounds of our money: on some gut level, they believed it belonged to them.”