I cannot think for a moment why trust in Parliament and parliamentarians is so low.
"Earl had clearly breached the rules on use of Westminster facilities but he had apologised and promised not to do it again."
Well, that's OK then! Who would be unpleasant or suspicious enough to question this?
"He said the adverts had been changed without his knowledge and could have suggested he was set to gain from the trips."
Again, look! See! it's been fully explained and this is, er, 'evidence' that he would not have personally benefited.
How reassured I am that we are not governed by a bunch of self-serving, freeloading, greedy shitbags.
Mine's the one with my wallet, a bunch of American tourist wallets, and every UK taxpayers' wallets in the pocket.