MP's expenses are leaving a bitter taste in everyone's mouths this week.
Not least of all the MPs who realise how much they could have got away with claiming if they'd followed their colleague's examples.
If Brown valued his job, or, if Cameron really wanted to be elected, they would be up in public forum [NOT YouTube] apologising to the public and giving ideas of how this could be reconciled.
They would be pleading to understand the bitter betrayal of public trust at a time when more than 2 million are unemployed and the financial crisis is moss on a rolling stone.
They would be identifying the suffering off those on pensions, those in chronic debt, those with no career or job prospects, those who are living hand to mouth because of fuel price rises.
The list of people suffering financial hardship at the hands of this government AND the shadow cabinet and their lack of empathy, compassion and commitment is unexhaustable. The expenses issue is a cherry on the cake off the suffering of the British public at the hands of their MPs. And the images of an antique fireplace is the epitome of this.
I have learned two lessons in my life: first, there are no sufficient literary, psychological, or historical answers to human tragedy, only moral ones. Second, just as despair can come to one another only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.