A mordant reflection by Martin on the 2009 MPs expenses scandal. The revelations about the widespread misuse of allowances and expenses permitted to Members of Parliament, which cut across party lines and benches - generated a torrent of justifiable public anger. Tory grandees were seen claiming for moat clearing and floating duck-houses and MPs of all stripe appeared to be feathering their nests by claiming for second homes, refurbishment costs and other excessive benefits. The revelations resulted in a large number of resignations, sackings, de-selections, retirement announcements and even some criminal prosecutions. It provided a visible demonstration of the disconnection between people in Britain, who were grappling with the consequences of the financial crisis and their elected representatives.

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