Several words re-occur frequently in the comments on the Telegraph's piece on a new expenses scam that MPs and the Squeaker are trying to keep quiet; 'scum' and 'thieves' are among the more printable. Their expenses claims are back up to pre-scandal level, but thanks to new secrecy rules we no longer have access to the details of all those duck islands, grapefruit bowls and plasma TVs.
At a time when public perceptions of politicians are at a nadir, when as a class they are loathed more greatly than ever before, come proposals to increase their wedge by 50%. Cameron is also reportedly dangling the prospect of 'state' funding (there is no such thing - it's taxpayer funding) to the bankrupt LibDems. What is it with their cavalier attitude to our money? What do they imagine gives them the right to secure their own enrichment from our hard-earned incomes?
Perhaps they simply don't believe that public patience will finally snap. The comments in the Telegraph demonstrate that our patience is wearing dangerously thin; it's almost past time for them to really listen, and really understand.