However the fall out from this affair could be worse than the problem itself.
In future, European deputies should be banned from all other paid activities, centre-right MEP Monica Macovei told EUobserver in a telephone interview on Wednesday (23 March).I do not believe this is the lesson to be drawn, the lesson to be drawn is that the rules as they stand should be more rigerously applied, and when an MEP breaks them a big book should be thrown at them.
"MEPs have five years in the European parliament to legislate for EU citizens. It's a full-time job and I don't see why they should have another one in parallel," Macovei said.
"We have salaries, we are paid to do this," added the former Romanian minister of justice (2004-2007) who won international plaudits for her efforts to root out high level corruption, including when cabinet colleagues were implicated.
Yesterday's decision to fine Den Dover, rather than to through him in chokey is a case in point. In Britain corrupt politicians, as Mr Isley has discovered get sent to gaol.
But cutting them off from outside interests would be a harmful step. Crikey few enough of them have any experience of the outside world, to denude the place still further wouold be the height of folly.
It is interesting to note that the Sunday Times insight team's feet have hardly touched the ground since the story broke, with massive interest in the story across the continent. Even the humble Brussels correspondent for the Sunday, Bojan Panchevski has been dragged round the TV studios as an expert in MEP's corruption. Of course not a single British radio or TV station nor newspaper has shown any interest, barring a few desoultry mentions on inside pages on the Monday.
This shows a few things,
1: Britain expects MEPs to be corruptand most interestingly
2: Britain doesn't give a damn about the European Parliament
3: The European Par liament is taken seriously on the Continent. They, because their national politicians either don't, or cannot pretend otherwise realise that power has swung away from their national Parliaments and resides increasingly in Brussels.I do wish our media would wake up, and stop having the wool pulled over their eyes by the Westminster elite.