In 2007 MPs were actively campaigning via a private members bill to exempt themselves from the Freedom of Information act.
An email from Labour's influential parliamentary committee urged its backbench MPs to support a private member's Bill that would prevent the public using the new right-to-know legislation to see MPs' correspondence. Jack Straw said,."it would drive a coach and horses through the relationship that we have with constituents. It is all very well for some people to say that there are some exemptions, but the truth is that the way that some journalists and the Information Commissioner are acting means that that intention is not being met in practice"
Okay, so now we know where you're coming from Jack, we can appreciate what a jolly good wheeze it would be to set up a committee selected from this self-serving elite which, on the basis of recent revelations, probably has more to hide than any other group in the country - except the bwankers, of course.
It's tough being an MP, living on enhanced state benefits and struggling to get along on £63,000 a year plus unaudited expenses. Surely they are entitled to a little privacy in which to bemoan their lot.