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The personal attack is an important part of the political armoury. But will new freedom of information laws take things too far?

When all MPs expenses are finally published this summer, the most embarrassing claims will almost certainly have been leaked already—the pornography bills, the home improvements and the bath plugs. One item seems unlikely to be listed by any MP, however: a sleeping bag. Yet I know of several MPs and at least one cabinet minister who all keep one in their desks, to catch a few hours of sleep during late votes.

Given recent coverage of the sex lives of parliamentarians, including allegations that one Labour politician conducted an affair in his House of Commons office, it may come as…

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