So the latest round of MP expense claims show a total contempt for the general public and the absolute powerlessness of the so-called Fees Office. Many MPs know that come the next election they will no longer be in the House of Commons, so what do they care that, at a time when many of their constituents are out of jobs, they continue to hoard the cash with claims for double-beds, bell tower repairs and chimney sweeps.
The claims may have been legitimate and a perk of being an MP, but the whole system has systematically been used and abused by these so-called upholders of the law of the land, many of whom wouldn't be given responsibility for the opening of an envelope in the world beyond Westminster.
Between now and the General Election there will be MPs who will milk the system for everything they can get and I hope that all current claims are being scrutinised with the same enthusiasm as the Tax Office check the rest of us.
The sadness of this scandal is that even the so-called great and good have modified their claims, not because it is right to do so, but because of public scrutiny.