There are daily reports about MPs' expenses. Someone may have had his moat cleared out at the public expense. Why don't I have a moat? I plan to become an MP just so that I can claim expenses to get one dug.
But how important is it to know that someone fiddled a few thousand? Almost nothing gets said about the billions to be spent on ID cards, or on the lives still being lost in Afghanistan and Iraq (see pie chart). And let's not forget the money given to the banks that caused the credit crunch. It's almost as if someone were trying to divert attention from the real issues.