Charles Walker should have gone ahead with his bill to ban curtains. It would have demonstrated just how silly the Conservatives have become.
His bill would never have been passed, but he would have been forced to publish his tax returns.
In both cases, nobody would have seen anything they weren’t intended to.
George Osborne has agreed to make MPs exempt from anti-money laundering checks under pressure from moaning Tory backbenchers.
Tory MP Charles Walker claimed MPs and their families were being treated like “African despots”.
MPs appear on automatic watch lists of “Politically Exposed Persons” (PEP), used by banks to prevent money being funnelled into criminal gangs or hidden in offshore tax havens.
It means MPs and their families could be subject to extra checks on their bank accounts.
But the Chancellor said banks could go too far and become “disproportionate.”
Ministers will now move to exclude MPs from the watch lists in the forthcoming Bank of England bill.
Mr Osborne caved under pressure from influential Tory backbencher Charles Walker, who has been pressing for the change for some months.
Mr Walker, who chairs the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, last week threatened to table a bill banning curtains if he was forced to publish his tax returns.
Join the Vox Political Facebook page.
If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!
Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
(but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:
Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.
Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:
The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here: