Former Labour MP and convicted fraudster, Jim Devine, has been released from prison after serving just a quarter of his sentence.
Devine stole over £8k of taxpayers money by submitting fake invoices and was banged up for 16 months ago for it. Releasing him after only 4 months and tagging him is a disgrace but seems to be the the way these thieving MPs are going to be treated. David Chaytor and Eric Illsley have both been released after serving a quarter or less of their sentences for stealing from the taxpayer.
MPs have the lives of millions of people in their hands. They are in a unique position of power and trust and any abuse of that power or trust should be punished severely and without mercy. Devine, Chaytor, Illsley and the other MPs and Peers who’ve been convicted of stealing from the taxpayer should have received longer sentences and they should have been forced to serve the full amount. No time off for good behaviour, no release under licence.
And when they were released from prison they should have been forced to carry out community service in every deprived neighbourhood in the country so they can give something back to the people living below the poverty line that they forced into paying tax on threat of imprisonment who they then stole from.
ConDems: Tough on crime, tough on the consequences of crime.