Clearly we can't trust MPs to do this - which begs the question why we let them run the country, though I suppose it's better than letting them try to run a business. The whelk shop and in-brewery hospitality industries are both in much healthier places because MPs are in Parliament. But I bet the people on the Commons Standards Committee get to claim expenses for sitting on it - and who vets those when
So we need an independent body, which can process MPs' expenses claims critically, rigorously and above all with an eye to minimising cost to the taxpayers of the United Kingdom.
There is one candidate, now that is divesting itself of a previous Government contract, that has just the track record we need to see.
Come on Atos, this country suddenly needs you,