This morning MPs of all parties will be getting letters from Sir Thomas Legge ordering them to pay back money to the taxpayer. There will be howls of complaint from many MPs about the unfairness of it all, especially from those who fall foul of the retrospective rules which Sir Thomas has apparently decided to impose. But if you start of precedent of passing retrospective legislation, as happened recently with various tax laws, the public will have little sympathy for MPs who bleat about it in this case. And rightly so.
MPs who are innocent are having to pay the price of those who are not. They must bite the bullet and take the heat, or get out of the kitchen.