Shahid Malik, one of Gordon Brown's cabinet appointees, one from an increasingly desperate bunch of unelected, disgraced, fuckwits, has now been revealed to have cited "religious and cultural norms in the Muslim community" in relation to the investigation into his expenses.
According to the Telegraph: (Sir Philp Mawer wrote in response to Malik's submission)
He added: "It is unfortunate, particularly given his public position, that, in respect of that house, Mr Malik did not think of obtaining at the outset a rental agreement specifying in writing the rent to be paid," Sir Philip said.
"He then entered into an arrangement to pay part of the rent in cash, for which payments (name of the property company) did not give him any receipt.
"I understand the point Mr Malik makes about the influence on him of religious and cultural norms in the Muslim community relating to payments made in cash, but the absence of a rental agreement and of receipts meant that he was left without a clear audit trail to show the payments he had made."
Well, Mister Malik. You live in Great Britain. The cutural norm here is to act in accordance with the moral and legal requirements pertaining to your office as a public servant. Playing the Muslim card just wont wash.