A brief peruse of the latest Private Eye, following the recent discovery of the Fees Office's complicity in thieving from taxpayers, reveals that not only do the MP's have a supine internal expenses regulator, but they also have their own branch of HMRC that deals with their tax claims, Public Department 1.
And apparently, PD1 has been "encouraged" to believe that if it's good enough for the Fees Office, it's good enough for them.
AND that possessor of the ultimate moral compass, one JG Brown, Esq., also slipped through a bunch of income tax exemptions for MPs in the law.
In a nutshell:
1. MP's create the rules for themselves.
2. The Parliamentary regulation is incredibly lax and is also alleged to have encouraged members to fill their boots.
3. The tax man has been gently encouraged to turn a blind eye.
4. That is if there is anything to turn a blind eye to, thanks to the generous exemptions that Gordon Brown allowed to MP's.
But it's only a few bad apples, honest!