In one of the more hilarious and childish attempts to get everyone to look at a totally new, bright, shiny object, Blogging Tory co-founder Stephen Taylor goes on and on and on and, holy fuck, Jesus, Mary, Mother of God, fer Chrissake, make it stop already, tediously on about other MPs under review.
Luckily for us, there are actual grownups on the case:
“We have made allegations,” says [David] Tilson. I think it’s safe to say we all agree with him on that. He’s making rather a leap here, though - just because a report hasn’t been finalized, it doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with the numbers; it could be administrative, or it could be something entirely unrelated to expenses.
It’s also a bit of a stretch to claim that all these files are “under investigation”.
This is the dullest timewaster ever - Tilson is just reading names and ridings into the record, and he goes crazy when the chair mildly suggests that he move it along. “This is my question and I’ll ask it however I want, and you’ll just sit there!”
At which point he runs out of time without ever actually getting to the question.
Dean del Mastro is about to get tripped by his own loose end - he’s trying to equate an unfinalized expense claim with a “flag” - which, he says, is “the term used by the jury”, which gives Mayrand the opportunity to explain that under review is not the same as an investigation.
In other words, there is absolutely no reason to think that any of these claims have anything to do with transfered expenses.
The Conservatives are now handing out a list of all campaign returns that are still being reviewed - oh, sorry, that would be all opposition returns; there isn’t a single Conservative listed, although there are definitely some candidates whose reports haven’t been finalized, and are under review.
“Are you saying all these returns are under investigation?” I ask, and the staffer assures me he is not - they are under review.
The heading at the top of the sheet: “List of MPs/Candidates under investigation”.
To his credit, the staffer cheerfully acknowledges that this is not the case, and that the files are merely under review. Even Libby Davies.
We’ve now received new copies of the list, this time entitled “List of MPs/candidates under review”. So that’s all good.
In totally related news, Stephen Taylor is a hack.