As such, I feel that I should flag up Kerry's post on expenses, and how she deals with hers. It seems that she may, in fact, be one of the honest ones.
I've always tried to work on the basis of 'would I be buying this if I had to pay for it myself?' Although in the early days I didn't actually realise we could claim for furniture, so when I kitted out my second home in London from Habitat (mostly, apart from a few item from the Purves and Purves sale), I did it on the assumption I'd be paying off the credit card bill for some months to come.
No doubt we shall find out when her expenses are published but, nevertheless, Ms McCarthy does at least seem to approach the issue with the right attitude.
Anyway... that's a probably futile attempt to go with my other futile attempts to explain the system and why we are where we are. It's not intended to justify what you've been reading about over the past few days, and I agree with those who have expressed their anger at MPs sticking to the mantra 'it was within the rules'. It's not good enough.
As I've said, the rules have changed and further change is needed. I don't have the solution. I don't think anyone does at this stage. But if we have to wear hairshirts for a while, or from now onwards, then so be it. Frankly, we - collectively speaking - deserve it.
So, kudos to Kerry McCarthy: she is, at least, making an effort to explain herself (although, quite sensibly, she does not comment on her colleagues).
Now, back to attacking her politics...