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Dear Wilhemina

Prospect's agony aunt responds to readers' problems

By Wilhemina   June 2009

MPs’ expenses: A tempest in a teacup?

Dear Wilhemina

I am the wife of an MP (his constituency is in northern England) and I wanted to ask what you make of the witch hunt against MPs.

Our family’s lifestyle is rather frugal—certainly far removed from the media images of opulence. I’m not sure whether these images are exaggerated, or if my husband and I are idiots who haven’t figured out how to milk the system. I have been aware that abuse of expenses goes on—some of it serious, some of it trivial—but none of it warrants this much hatred.

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