I have just listened to a BBC Radio 4 interview with Conservative MP Nadine Dorries who has explained why MPs have been 'troughing' on expenses. According to Nadine this 'allowance' was given to the MPs to compensate for not receiving a pay rise commensurate with their position in the country.
She stated that the Fees Office called everyone in and told them that this 'allowance' was theirs and that they should take it. So it was not an 'expense' in the normal way and they could spend it on whatever they wanted! She said that the mainstream media all knew what was happening and the Daily Telegraph is now carrying out a McCarthy style witchhunt. There are fears that some MPs might commit suicide!
The problem is that when public money is going to be spent then it is normal to inform the public. They have been so duplicitous by hiding their little secret that now it is out in the open they appear to be deeply treacherous. Ms Dorries did not offer an explanation for those who had 'flipped' houses, neglected to pay Capital Gains Tax of just blatantly lied about their main residence.