Once upon 2 or 3 years ago our London politicians were discovered to have been stealing money from us on a massive scale. And so it came to pass that the Daily Telegraph made it its business to make the theft public.
And, because there was an election looming, all the party leaders swore that this disgusting and criminal behaviour (although they too had managed to fiddle ...as an oversight, of course) would be stopped.
(They even threw a few hapless idiots, that no one much liked, to the wolves and allowed the courts to sentence them to a deal less time than, in 2010, would be meted out to people who stole a bottle of water, during the time of the English riots, in a typical British "one rule for them, another for us" way.)
But, back to the tale. The authorities set up a new system of expenses and MPs were treated a tiny little bit more like "ordinary people".
But they didn't like it. Not one bit. They discovered that living like an "ordinary person" in Britain was pretty intolerable (second class rail fares, providing receipts, not being able to bully the staff, having to wait!) and so almost immediately after the election they began unpicking their "ordinariness".
One of the schemes they came up with was to use their taxpayer funded homes to rent to other MPs, and to rent other properties, for which they could charge expenses. One way to make a jolly little killing. The Daily Telegraph has once more made it their business to let us know about this.
Apparently it is quite legal. And easy to do if you have the morals of an alley cat.
Step forward Liam Fox. (I hasten to add that, at the time of writing Mr Fox is only one of 27 MPs who have been implicated in this practice, but one that it is particularly satisfying to mention.)
These words come from a different time, but they are surprisingly relevant to today's situation.
"Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government.....
....In the name of God, go! "
Well, of course they won't go. They have the Speaker on their side (just like the last lot did). They have more front than Deauville. They'll stay.
But Scotland could go....