The piece in the Telegraph focused on how 155 MP's put family members on the payroll at our expense, including Chris Grayling who in the last tax year was employing his wife to the tune of £35,000 per annum. Although within the rules as presently in force because all attempts at trying to stop this dubious practice have failed, many would nevertheless feel it amply demonstrates bare face cheek by a senior Minister of the Crown.
But it seems Chris Grayling has a track record regarding bare face cheek and I'm grateful to a regular reader for pointing me in the direction of a story I missed from May 2010, again in the Daily Telegraph. It would seem that many of our politicians back then were so intent on us not discovering the full details of their expenses they they got into the habit of ensuring their wikipedia entries were doctored regularly:-
When the extent of MPs' spending on parliamentary allowances was finally exposed in the Telegraph's Expenses Files investigation, a year ago this weekend, the details aroused public anger and caused embarrassment at Westminster.
Yet now politicians have been accused of attempting a further "cover-up" by trying to delete references to their expenses from Wikipedia, the user-edited online encyclopedia.
An investigation has uncovered at least 10 cases in which MPs' biographical pages on Wikipedia were altered to remove information about their expenses which had been added by members of the public after it was revealed by the Telegraph.
MPs whose entries were "cleansed" include Chris Grayling, the senior Conservative who is set to become Home Secretary if his party forms the next government.
An analysis of the website's records reveals that in each case, the change was made by someone working either within the parliamentary estate, or in a party office, or by a user who appeared to have links to one of the MPs involved.
The records do not show whether the changes were made by the MPs themselves, their staff, or others.
In some cases the ploy worked and the current version of the online biography makes no mention of expenses. In other cases, the details were reinstated and the people who tried to delete them were reprimanded by the website's managers.
Last night, critics claimed that the underhand tactic showed that some politicians "still haven't accepted the principle that the public have a right to know all of this information".
Wikipedia's own rules of conduct discourage editing by individuals with a "conflict of interest" - which would include the MPs themselves, their staff and family members.
In June and July 2009, Mr Grayling's entry on the website was changed five times by a user with a parliamentary Internet Protocol (IP) address.
An assertion that he used taxpayers' money to renovate a flat in London despite owning three properties within the M25 and living less than 25 miles from Parliament was deleted from the website, even though it had been supported by references to Telegraph news reports.
After the deletion was detected, a Wikipedia administrator sent a warning to the IP address about the removal of the material. Eventually the information was allowed to remain on the page.