All the revelations the Telegraph has published â€“ not only today but also yesterday, and apparently thereâ€s more to come â€“ paint a picture in my mind of a system that relies on the honour of individuals where such honour clearly doesnâ€t exist, neither with the members of Parliament nor with those officials who run the system.
See, no oneâ€s actually done anything wrong. No law has been broken, apparently (although it looks like a scapegoat may be sought as to who leaked the details of MPs expenses to the Telegraph).
No, what it looks like to me is that you have a bunch of greedy and dishonourable people (aka members of Parliament) who game the system. Nothing more, nothing less.
I donâ€t believe abstaining is the answer â€“ if you donâ€t vote, donâ€t expect to have a say in anything. Even if someone like Conservative leader David Cameron wants to polish the tarnished image of politics, I donâ€t believe for one second that such a mother of all PR jobs is going to make a jot of difference to what people think of politics and politicians.