May 19, 2009

Transparency with teeth: British Speaker of the House to step down

Only a day after my post on the ongoing scandal in Britain over expense accounts, the Speaker of the House of Commons has been forced out.

In a statement to MPs on Tuesday which lasted just 35 seconds, Mr Martin said: "I have always felt that the House is at its best when it is united."

"In order to that unity can be maintained, I have decided that I will relinquish office of Speaker on Sunday 21 June."

Let's hope this reminds lawmakers around the world that opposing transparency has consequences.