If a blog isn't a good place to make a statement of the bleedin, albeit painfully obvious I don't know what is.
Suffice to say that the situation was dire before the expenses row. We are clearly in a legitimation crisis of profound proportions.
One could apportion blame - the inability of party leaders to get together and sort something out, collective denial, failings of the Speaker ......
The upshot is things are very bad for the country and our society - a profound breakdown of trust.
I think some of the rage over some of the claims is a little excessive and the degree of rage is doubtless a little overdone in some cases but instances of flipping and claiming for mortgages you're no longer paying are appalling and if I heart the phrase "unforgivable accounting error" again ......
My only thought is that the mainstream political parties are not and never will be perfect but they're our only chance of doing democratic politics without disenchantment and the extremes. They need therefore some time before the election to work out which candidates can no longer be put before the people in a General Election and reselect. I also think a new Speaker is required to oversee profound change.
Not taking these steps will have very severe consequences - the mess is simply too deep and affects too many MP's.