http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7226069.stm I cannot understand why politicians generally think themselves to be above the law and beyond scrutiny. When I was in a dark blue suit, I needed to draft an essay to explain why I took a taxi from A to B, much less any other expense. Why do politicians, elected (to quote Kennedy) "of the people, by the people, for the people" in the UK seem to think that their expenses should be private? They are paid for by us, the electorate. We are their paymasters and their bosses. They are accountable to us. Transparency is not only a right, it is a requirement! I'm not advocating that their private affairs be opened up (unless there is due cause following appropriate scrutinising with an intense scrute), just that anything they do that costs the public purse be opened up. Neither can I understand why there is a core element in the Commons that believes itself about the issues of the FoI. The DPA covers anything of a constituent's nature, so again why do they believe themselves above scrutiny? Lastly, why do we, the electorate, let them get away with this? The UK media should be shouting from the rooftops about the issue. For a country that espouses democracy, we have corruption and electoral fraud that could inspire some of the malfaisents we're supposed to be defeating. End of rant.