The soon-to-retire Speaker of the House of Commons has been hired by Bid Up TV to present a new talent show on television.
"Britain's Got Expenses" will very much follow the format of existing talent shows by holding heats throughout the country in Town Halls, Westminster and branches of the Royal Bank of Scotland.
The eventual finalists will be expected to present items they have charged for in relation to their working week that actually bear no relation to their job.
Although the comment has already been made that MP's and banking chief executives have an unfair advantage, it is acknowledged that the ordinary working man and woman in the street won't stand a chance at getting past the audition stage.
Ima Scrounger, MP for Duckhouse-on-the-Mold expressed confidence in being amongst the finalists. She said she felt that her £19,500 expense for a designer TV stand - well it was designed by her husband from IKEA off-cuts that were left over from their new Splurginsop Sofa - would be hard to beat.
Meanwhile, Reginald Mean, leader of the Barkinmad County Council in Shropshire felt he stood a good chance. He explained that 14 members of his council have just returned from Gorblimee in Bulgaria having been on a council tax payer-funded trip costing £34,000 to investigate grass-growing techniques in hillside graveyards.
"What makes this a sure-fire winner is that we have no hills in Gorblimee." he added, presenting the interviewer with a bill for £92.