Form Filling Challenge
I feel really sorry for Jacqui Smith and her husband, and indeed for all MPs at this time of year. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the situation with MPs' expenses seems to work like this: Members of Parliament fill in long and complicated forms, and then a panel of journalists choose a few of them and publicly humiliate them on the grounds that they filled in their forms incorrectly in a sufficiently entertaining way. For these purposes, the rules about what is judged to be the correct way to fill in the form change randomly all the time.
If the aim is to produce entertaining stories of dubious expense claims for the amusement of the people, I would suggest opening up 'Form Filling Challenge' to other groups of professionals such as company directors and, indeed, journalists.
The only thing which limits my sympathy is that politicians do actually have the power to do something about Form Filling Challenge. They have managed to set the current system up in such a way that their entire job and working environment is totally incomprehensible for most people. So when Form Filling Challenge takes place, people don't think 'be fair, all they did was fill in a form wrong - we've all done it' but instead think 'that's really funny/how dare they'. Changing the expenses system is certainly needed. But more than that, politicians ought to be thinking about how they can show people what being an MP is really like so that when the fake hysteria gets stirred up, people empathise with them rather than laughing or shouting.