Mr Jacqui Smith does not look so far gone in years and health that his libido is quiescent, and no doubt the strain of his spouse being many miles away in London during at least part of the working week has driven him to seek regular relief by other means. It is not therefore overly remarkable that he has subscribed to a supplier of pornographic films. No doubt many lonely executives in Travel Lodge motels have done the same.
That his wife has claimed for his onanistic stimulus on Parliamentary expenses is quite another matter. Even lonely executives on expenses have the grace to ask to be billed separately for their adult videos.