MPs are facing allegations by the City that their allowances are far more generous and far less tied to performance than bankers' much maligned bonuses.
In a statement for the City lobby group "FatCat", a complete banker said: "I don't where these members, total members in most cases, get off giving us a hard time about our bonuses when they have their noses in the trough. At least we make no pretence that we are in it for the money and don't give a monkey's about ethics or altruism."
Downing Street responded immediately by saying: "Oh for goodness sake, surely the bankers can't be comparing MPs to their own tawdry world. They know full well that the public are fed up with them exploiting their central position in society, knowing that most people don't really understand what they do or have the time to continually monitor them"
This website responded with the totally reasonable comment that surely MPs were exploiting their central position in society, knowing that most people don't really understand what they do or have the time to continually monitor them.
But apparently we were being picky.