The newspapers are NOT trying to smear all MP's. They have actually let you people off very lightly - they haven't told the half of what has been going on!
You know darned well what has been going on in the Houses of Parliament and the Lords as well as I do. You just go and have a look at the letters that I have sent you.
The truth is, Parliament is riddled with corruption, and is in such a state of moral decay that it's not surprising that this country is in a real mess.
Instead of blaming the newspapers, who are, after all, only doing their job, you people ought to stop whining and making excuses and look at what you have been doing.
Both Houses ought to put pride and prestige to one side and get together and kneel before God and ask forgiveness for the conduct of the ministers. You all should be really really ashamed of yourselves, because it is you that the people look to for an example, plus the Church (why are the Archbishops and Bishops so silent on this matter?) and perhaps get someone to read Psalm 14 out loud to the whole of both chambers.
There are people who have really suffered in this country, who you people should have helped - it was your duty to help, but you shirked your duty and turned a blind eye. It isn't just the expenses that the people are so angry about - it's so many other things.
If you carry on whinging and wallowing in self pity you will continue to miss the point and end up even deeper in the mire. And that's a pity, because this country could rise out of the mire, with decent and upright leadership.