There was nothing new in last night's 'Dispatches' on C4; over its running time the programme relentlessly rehashed a melange of old stories of EU and MEP fraud and corruption. Sure, the MEPs caught signing in at 7am on Friday morning before skiving off were new, but that was about all. It was boilerplate. Yet not a single one of the programme's estimated 1m viewers can have thought anything but what a crooked cabal of bent bastards the whole lot of them are. So job done.
We really need one of these documentaries every fortnight or so, until the national clamour to close off that rancid trough becomes overwhelming.