Labour is guilty this time. But there are lessons for the Tories. First, these things happen in one-party regimes. Second, council junketing is the sort of thing second-raters get up to. Why don't we have more first- rate people in local government? Because the Government has steadily stripped it of power.Reuse content
How seriously should we worry about the junketing Labour councillors of Doncaster? Isn't junketing an ancient town hall tradition - a venial sin, deserving finger-pointing and red faces? We think not: a public culture which blinks at local misbehaviour becomes hardened and cynical, so that when worse corruption at national level is exposed, we hardly care. Rot begins with a small, innocent-looking spot; and spreads.