"A pack of mercenery wretches" : Cromwell's words to Parliament in 1653 come back to haunt Westminster as details of MP' s dodgy expenses to pay for moats and swimming pools and mortgages that didn't exist are plastered all over the newspapers. Has this generation of politicians brought the reputation of Parliament to its lowest ebb for centuries? The public, facing the consequences of the worst recession since the 1930s are furious. What is the impact on British democracy? How will Parliament restore its repution? Politics UK is presented by Susan Hulme.

27 minutes

Last on

Sun 17 May 2009 09:32 GMT

BBC World Service Archive

BBC World Service Archive

This programme was restored as part of the World Service archive project