On the question of whether MPs can restore the public's faith in Parliament, the Indy's Andrew Grice writes that, "Probably it have gone too far now ... there is no turning the clock back." After yesterday, it's even harder to disagree. Not only is the expenses scandal appalling in and of itself, but the most high-profile effort at "transparency" so far has utterly backfired - and will be taken as a sign that MPs still just don't "get it". In turn, this will fuel the opinion that the current "bunch of blankers" need to be done away with before reform can begin proper; that there needs to be a general election and wholesale change.
Sure, all politicians have been more or less tarred by this scandal. But each of those black redactions reads like another nail in the coffin of Brown's premiership.