Some schadenfreude watching the quarrels of IPSA (the new Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority) and MPs, tempered by the knowledge that IPSA wants to gets its teeth into us too.
Many quangos end up bloated and self satisfied, but two weeks after birth is something of a record.
IPSA does not need a full time chief executive, or fat salaries, or any communications people (questions should be directed straight at the parliamentarian concerned). The Lords, who have to make arrangements for the management of their own expenses soon, will I trust manage with something cheaper and less confrontational.
To my mind expenses claims should be detailed and public, and that – other than a clear set of rules and some competent checking – is all that’s needed: a vigilant pulic will make sure that they are well audited and publicised.