Luke Akehurst talks a lot of sense on MPs allowances:
They also need to take a good long look at their consciences and ask if the tax payer really ought to be paying for 88p bath plugs or £700 stereos. Whatever the rules say, I’d feel queasy and morally sullied if I claimed for either. The question they should ask themselves is “this will end up in the public domain by one means or another, how would a reasonable elector in my constituency view this use of their tax money?”
The media needs to decide whether outing the late-night TV viewing of an MP’s spouse, and labelling all MPs as chiseling crooks on the basis that they employ staff, send out mailings and travel to and live part of the week in their seats is really going to enhance British democracy.