I'd just like to add a modest footnight to last week's ongoing story of MP's caught with their hands in the till, their snouts in the trough and their boots well and truly being filled.
Don't get me wrong - I'm as cross about this naked avarice as the next taxpayer and will be first in the voting queue whenever that arrives to give the miscreants a good kicking. However, I can't help feeling there has been more than a whiff of humbug about the reporting.
The Paxmans and Humphries are at least entertaining us for their six figure salaries, but I'm referring to our revered National Dailies which have been at the forefront of the hue and cry over mis-use of public funds. Almost to a man, the proprietors of the Telegraph, Times & Sun, Mail and Guardian have so arranged their affairs to milk the tax system for all its worth and pay an absolute minimum of tax and in some cases none at all. The Guardian Media Group, for example, campaigns for larger companies to pay more corporation tax yet paid none itself after making £300 million profit last year. The Barclay Brothers are resident in the Channel Islands, Rupert in the USA and Lord Rothermere reputed to be based in France from tax reasons yet because our PR obsessed Goverments and Oppositions are desperate for press support they don't make a fuss.
I couldn't help a wry smile at the bluff old Lord Foulkes who rather turned the tables on his £92,000 a year interviewer Carrie Gracie.