Now, there are obviously expense claims which are being made that abuse the public’s trust. For instance, even if MPs should have a second home there is no justification for them being full of top-range furniture and gadgets paid for with the taxpayers’ money. Equally, while it is reasonable for MPs to have Freeview so they can watch the news channels and the Parliament channel there’s no justification for us paying for them to have Sky Sports or watch movies, blue or otherwise.
Reforms of expenses are long overdue and there are a lots of things MPs should be told to stop claiming for. But a sensible set of reforms would actually raise the staffing allowances. If we take Parliament’s role seriously, we should be prepared to pay to support proper scrutiny.