When Jacob Rees-Mogg, who doesn’t care a jot for public opinion or for his image, says MPs have lost trust of the public and need to publish their tax returns too, you know a change of mood is in the air.
Interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, Rees-Mogg said he would also be publishing his own returns.
I think the mood has become once very clear that all MPs within a year or two will be publishing their returns and I am not going to be the one holding out against that.
The argument for doing so is that Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion and that if you are managing the country’s affairs the electorate want to know that you are doing it properly and independently.
I think it’s a pity we’ve lost privacy, but to some extent it’s the politicians’ fault – because we lost the trust of the public over the expenses affair.
Cameron is expected to make a statement to MPs this afternoon on tax evasion and offshore funds.
There’s no running away from this issue now, Prime Minister