In case you thought that after the MPs’ expenses scandal it was all sackcloth and ashes and that MPs had forever learnt their lesson, you are underestimating the deviousness and weaselly ways of a minority of politicians in the House of Commons when it comes to gaining personal advantage.
Just like super rich tax dodgers, they can spot a loophole from a mile off and then dive in to it.
Their wheeze is to rent out their taxpayer-funded homes to one another, piling up income on income and building up property nest eggs.
That is the suspicion. What the extent of this sharp practice is we do not know and once again their cover-up machine is attempting to swing into operation.
The odious Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has invoked “security reasons” to prevent disclosure of official documents which show the identity of MPs’ landlords. It is a move which, if upheld, would break the paper trail leading to identification of the MPs involved.
It is a lame justification for hiding a matter of intense public interest involving public figures elected by public votes and funded by public money.
Mr Bercow is cravenly protecting the Westminster club rather than doing the right thing. Presumably if he cannot stop disclosure on security reasons his next gambit will be to invoke data protection and as a last resort, health and safety.
It is worth noting that none of the Shropshire MPs are said to be involved in these stinking arrangements and it is also worth pointing out this has blown up at a time when so many MPs are working hard trying to restore the tarnished collective reputation of the members of the House.
But the public are watching like never before. Anything less than squeaky clean is not good enough.