In case you missed last night's Newsnight report on MEPs expenses, I've ripped it and posted on YouTube. Yes it's David Grossman, but it's a good summary (the facts on expenses are also set out here).
As you will know, the audit report of 167 MEPs’ staff expenses - which the European Parliament has attempted to suppress - found:
"...seven who had set up companies to pay staff who did not seem to exist and others employing unqualified family members or paying the whole allowance of €15,496 (£11,710) a month to one person. In addition more than 20 appeared to have paid excessive Christmas bonuses, which the auditor felt were hard to justify."
It's called fraud. Anywhere in the real world, there'd be instant dismissals and a police investigation. In the European Parliament there are secret meetings and a systematic cover-up.
The total amount involved seems to be somewhere between £100m and £200m.
And these are the people who dare to tell us how to live.