The Westminster rumour-mill is buzzing about who will be the next in the expenses firing line and whether anyone will attempt a pre-emptive defence. On the Conservative side, there is both nervousness about what might be revealed about them and, as Tim notes on Conservative Home, a bit of blame game about why the party weren’t out front on reform with Patrick McLoughlin, the chief whip, and William Hague and David Davis coming in for particular criticism. One thing to watch for on the reform front is whether Cameron and Clegg, bonded by their disastrous meeting on this issue with Gordon Brown and fresh off their victory on Gurkha rights, can come up with a joint plan.
But it will take more than reform of the rules to end this sorry saga. It is going to require a change in the culture, MPs are going to have to think very differently about the claims they make. MPs must be conscious that they are spending public money at a time when everyone knows that the public finances are in such a bad state that spending will have to be cut and taxes go up.