Letter: Yes, sleaze is the real election issue

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Letter: Yes, sleaze is the real election issue

Sir: Mr Fayed behaved disgracefully in offering money to MPs and those who took the money behaved disgracefully too. They ought not to be in Parliament. Mr Merchant allowed himself to be trapped into folly by a girl of an age to be his daughter and he must not stand for Parliament again. But why have the crusading Guardian and Sun attacked sleaze only among Tories? Do they think the public so naive as to believe that there are no black sheep among the other parties? It really would be in the public interest if the job were done properly.

I see two clear outcomes of the scandals. Parliament must no longer regulate itself; and professional lobbyists must be banned.