The past couple of days I've read some of the wit going round about Jacqui Smith's husband and have to admit, some of it was very clever. Mr Jacqui Smith's DIY efforts are no business of mine and I couldn't care less if he struts round their home every day in her underwear and high heels, but I do care when our taxes are being misused.
Ms Smith said this weekend that the films shouldn't have been charged because the claim was for her internet connection. The claim was £87, so let's deduct the £10 for helping her unimaginative husband and we have £77 which she is charging us every month for an internet connection. Then of course, something which has been overlooked is that the taxpayer paid for the TV, it's on the list here.
She certainly knows how to rub it in doesn't she, the fact that MPs can claim for anything without question and we've paid a great deal for Ms Smith to be an MP. It would be interesting to know how long this 'internet connection' fee has been claimed but I doubt if we'll ever know.
Not only do the expenses of MPs need to be abolished and their pay raised to say £100,000 from which they pay their own expenses and staff, but the office which checks these claims needs to be far more vigilant. Fortunately for us taxpayers, one person was in the past few days.